A Town with no players

February 16, 2018

Violet Town is in desperate need of netball players for this season.

An exodus of players for various reasons has left the Towners with just eight senior players and secretary Hannah Sharp said the club was under stress to fill teams.

‘‘We’re under a lot of pressure, we started pre-season last Wednesday with the girls that wanted to come, but we won’t know final numbers until a week or two out (from the season) if we can’t get anyone down to training.

‘‘It’s the worst it’s been since I played at Violet Town, our footballers made it to the grand final, so it’s bizarre because usually when the footy is going well, it brings netballers.’’

A stalwart at the Towners, Sharp said many reasons had led to the club’s struggle for players.

The under-17 players who took out the Kyabram District Netball League premiership last year have graduated from their age group.

With premiership coach Pip O’Donoghue returning to coach Goulburn Valley League club Benalla, many players have followed her.

Violet Town’s A-grade side narrowly missed out on a finals appearance last year, while the B-grade and C-grade teams finished in the top six.

Matthew Holmes is the new president of the club, with Sharp saying he heads a committee that aims to get the younger generation involved in volunteering.

The Towners were one of the clubs to benefit from the Benalla and District Football League folding, with a host of former Swanpool players calling Violet Town home.

But as those netballers have moved on and taken friends and teammates with them, it has created problems for Sharp.

A coach is still being hunted and Sharp said an experienced leader who could bring some senior players was the ideal candidate.

Violet Town secretary Hannah Sharp is encouraging any players yet to have a team to phone her on 0417737353 or message the club’s Facebook page.

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