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Roos have a Chloe

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December 07, 2017

Chloe Mitchell has stepped in to be the new face of Girgarre.

Mitchell joins the Kangaroos in her first A-grade coaching role, coming across from Mathoura.

Having been an experienced junior coach with nearly 10 years under her belt, Mitchell is buoyed to enter a new environment.

‘‘I’m very excited, I think just getting to know a bunch of new girls, improving them and bringing success as a club,’’ she said.

‘‘They had a bit of a rough year last year and it sort of dinted their spirits, so I’ll go in really positive and try and get the girls to act the same.’’

Before her time in the Picola District Netball League north-west competition, Mitchell spent much of her playing career at Echuca United.

But Mitchell was encouraged by friends at Girgarre to apply for the top coaching gig, knowing she will have plenty of support as a playing coach.

‘‘I sort of said to them it’s tricky because it’s hard enough to focus on your own game, but I’ve had a bit of experience doing that sort of stuff and I’ll have a lot of support from a team manager on the sidelines,’’ she said.

Mitchell takes over from Debbie McArdle, who led the side the past two seasons.

She will be looking to improve upon the Kangaroos’ most recent season that yielded just three wins.

●Undera has welcomed in co-coaches to lead the side next season.

Veteran netballer Amy Reid will combine with defender Amanda Gledhill, who moved to the Lions last year.

The pair will look to build on a successful season this year, when Undera took its place in the finals series under coach Kate Murphy.

Undera is not the only club taking the approach of two coaches as Bec Monk joins Laura Thomson in the head coaching role at Lancaster.

Thomson is a long-term stalwart at the Wombats as her tenure includes three club best-and-fairest awards.

With Monk already helping lead the side this season, she will continue to combine as leaders of the A-grade and B-grade squad.

Alice Cunningham will again continue as coach of Murchison-Toolamba.

Stepping into the role this season, Cunningham made an immediate impression at the Grasshoppers.

The playing coach has been an asset in the shooting circle as she helped the side gain a finals berth after a series of close misses in recent seasons.

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