Alloway rebuilds to do it again
Alloway Purple has been sent back to the drawing board, with half of the team’s players hanging up their bibs.
The team was last year’s surprise premier, starting the season slowly but going on to beat hot favourite Across The Waves Gold in the grand final.
Coach Shelley Naumann had looked towards 2010 with an eye to cement Alloway’s place at the top of the ladder but the team was left reeling with the departure of its starting shooters, two centre court players and a defender.
“ATW had won the last four years in a row so we were looking forward to spending some time at the top,” Naumann said.
“Line-up changes are inevitable, but it was pretty rough to lose a captain and senior players in one hit.”
But the recent recruitment of promising juniors has buoyed the coach’s spirits and given her a fighting chance for back-to-back premierships.
“The recruits are eager, energetic, keen and out to impress,” she said.
Naumann has had the juniors out on the court early, in an effort to integrate them into the team and develop good combinations for the season ahead.
“They know the game and have the skills. It’s just a matter of making sure it translates into the A-grade competition,” she said.
“If we focus on good, solid, four-quarter netball we will be in with a red-hot shot.”