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Reborn Hoppers are jumping

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April 12, 2018

Kirrily Jones and Miranda Bond are tasked with helping Yarroweyah return to the top of the Picola District league.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Yarroweyah’s A-grade netball returned last weekend and didn’t disappoint.

The Grasshoppers led from start to finish against Jerilderie to claim a 42-34 win, after not being able to field a side last year due to a lack of numbers.

New co-coach Miranda Bond said it was a brilliant start to Yarroweyah’s rise up the Picola District league netball ranks.

‘‘It was really good to come in and coach for the first time and help the club from having no side to competing with sides like that,’’ she said.

Along with Kirrily Jones, Bond was brought in to coach the side to help guide the club back to its former glory.

The first task was to build the numbers and a pleasant environment to bring the best out of the players.

‘‘Kiz (Jones) and I found out we were coaching and really put in work to get the side together,’’ she said.

‘‘We wanted to make a fun environment and really help build a family.

‘‘We tried to find a group that enjoys having fun and that’s what we’ve done.’’

Numbers are good club-wide, with the Grasshoppers fielding four senior sides in round one.

The challenges roll on this weekend though, with the A-grade side to battle Katamatite, which lost in round one to Waaia.

‘‘We just want to take each game as it comes, we’ve focused on fitness and really improving there,’’ Bond said.

‘‘We’ll keep that going and we’re hoping for a few more wins.

‘‘We’re not sure what to expect really coming from the other side of the competition. But hopefully we’re able to step up and match them.’’

Meanwhile Rennie’s campaign will start with one of the league’s most difficult tasks — playing against Waaia.

The Bombers cruised to a strong win last weekend not needing to hit top gear to grab a 26-goal win.

Rennie ran sixth in last season’s south-east division, and a continued push toward younger players seems the best plan moving forward given the club’s under-17 premiership last year.

Mathoura will look to respond to a hefty round one defeat against Picola United when it travels to battle Strathmerton.

The Timbercutters were taken to the cleaners by United last weekend, beaten by 28 goals.

But it was a similar tale for the Bulldogs who lost to Deniliquin Rovers by 24 in a one-sided affair.

At Berrigan, it is fair to say the Saints will be looking for a massive improvement after a Good Friday beatdown at the hands of Tocumwal.

The Saints were punished by 61 goals against the juggernaut that is the Bloods’ A-grade side, and will have another tough clash against the Deni Rovers.

Katunga will get a chance to respond after a shock round one loss to Blighty.

A clash with a struggling Jerilderie side might prove the perfect tonic to its woes, with the Demons having lost to Yarroweyah last weekend.

Blighty will try and use its confidence-boosting win against the Swans to take down Tocumwal, which is riding a 23-game unbeaten streak.

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