Mooroopna will welcome back supreme Goulburn Valley League coach Jenny Barlow to head its A-grade team next year.
Having been at the helm last year, Barlow’s move from the region led to experienced player Jenni McCluskey stepping into the top role this season.
But Barlow has returned to the Cattery and Mooroopna netball co-ordinator Janene Gattuso is ecstatic the experienced coach is back in the role.
‘‘It’s absolutely magical, she is a breath of fresh air and it’s really good to have her committed to next year,’’ Gattuso said.
Barlow was responsible for the Cats’ remarkable rise up the ladder after the side finished 10th in 2015.
But shortly after the former GVL interleague coach injected her experience, Barlow shored up the side’s defence and made important in-roads in getting the attack to gel.
She still remained involved at the club in patches this year, dropping by to trainings when in the region.
Most recently Barlow coached Euroa for three years until moving across to the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve last season.
Mooroopna ace Mia Fallon brought her fellow Victorian Netball League teammates in gun shooter Monique Lenehan-Moustafa and pacey midcourter Kate Fletcher to the A-grade team this season. But it remains to be seen whether they will recommit to the club, with Gattuso saying a better indication of team line-ups will come when trials start in the coming weeks.
McCluskey will coach the under-17 side, while Vickie Shadbolt takes charge of the under-15 team that will join the newly formed competition in the GVL.
Gattuso said the club had easily adapted to the implementation of the younger age group with the Cats having a strong base in Shepparton Netball Association.
The first of the club’s senior netball trials is on December 4 with a third try-out to be held for potential under-17 and under-15 players on November 27.