Undera’s new A-grade netball coach has aims to lead the club into the Kyabram District Netball League finals this season.
The Lions have finished in the bottom four in the past three years, but Kate Murphy has taken the reins and is assembling a list she believes can feature in September.
‘‘I’m hoping to try and reach the finals, that’s kind of our goal for this year, but definitely to improve our form from last year,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve got the game to play finals.’’
The talented defender has been a fixture in various leagues across the region.
She played for Shepparton Swans in the Goulburn Valley league and for Shepparton South in the Shepparton Netball Association.
Murphy won a Picola District Netball League south-east premiership with Katamatite in 2015, at a club where she picked up skills and strategies from coach Cassia Colbeck.
‘‘I haven’t done a lot of coaching,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve coached before with Shepp South, but at Katty I was helping Cassia Colbeck at the defensive end, where I’ve learnt a lot off her.
‘‘I’ve got a bit of my knowledge that I’ve learnt from my previous coaches and I’ll try and build upon that.’’
Murphy said she was approached to coach Undera after not playing last year when pregnant with daughter Tabitha.
‘‘I’ve got family members and a few friends out there (in Undera) and they kind of knew that I was looking at coming back to netball after having my little one,’’ she said.
Murphy said she would encourage young netballers as Undera enters an under-17 side after insufficient numbers meant that was not possible last year.
‘‘We’ve got a few old players returning and hopefully we’ll get a few new players because we’re trying to build up a younger side,’’ she said.
‘‘We didn’t have an under-17s side last year to build up the youngsters too.’’
Murphy takes the top job from Marilyn Wall, with the Lions facing Ardmona in round one.