Versatility will be the key this weekend for the Kyabram District’s netball interleague squad when it takes on Colac.
The nine-member team tasked with backing up last year’s close victory over Golden Rivers has been selected for each player’s ability to fill multiple roles on the court, according to coach Fiona Down.
‘‘The whole side is really versatile, I’ve picked a side that can play anywhere,’’ Down said.
‘‘My goalers can play any position, some can even play defence, the midcourt can play any position and defence can also play any position.
‘‘The goaling line-up is I’ve got two talls and a running goal attack, but all my talls can also play goal attack too, so it will just depend on Colac’s side.’’
Down will flip the script on her usual coach at Tallygaroopna — Lisa Crosier — this weekend after taking the reins of the representative squad, but has been open to input from all members of her squad throughout the selection and training process.
‘‘It’s been a bit of an interesting situation, but I really respect Lisa and she’s got some amazing knowledge and things that she’s brought to Tally, let alone being able to bring it to interleague,’’ Down said.
‘‘So it is a little bit interesting, but like I’ve said to all of the girls, yes I’m the coach on the day, but everyone’s knowledge is amazing and just feed in what you can.’’
With little knowledge about the side her charges will face this weekend, Down is focusing on the level of output the KDNL is capable of producing.
‘‘They’re unknown to me, I have no idea about Colac, so we’re just going in and having a crack and we’ll see what happens from there,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve had lots of trainings and they have been more about trying to pick a side and things like that, so we haven’t actually had a lot of trainings together as a side, but the girls have all been amazing, they’ve come along to training and had a crack.
‘‘We do have a young side, most of us are fairly young, but everyone’s got some experience (as well), so it will be good.’’
Down’s Redlegs teammate Sarah Weidemann is one of the exciting prospects in the squad.
‘‘She’s a gun,’’ Down said.
‘‘She has a die-hard attitude, chases every ball, goes in hard for the ball and just has a real passion you can see on the netball court that she’s hungry to play netball and out to chase anything.
‘‘She’s a really good asset for the side.’’
Sophie Davies (Lancaster), Kelsey McDonald (Murchison-Toolamba), Bianca Willis (Nagambie), Sarah O’Sullivan (Nagambie), Fiona Down (Tallygaroopna), Lisa Crosier (Tallygaroopna), Sarah Weidemann (Tallygaroopna), Micaela Adams (Undera), Leanna Couston (Undera).
Breanna Baker (Merrigum), Jorja Tranter (Merrigum), Maddy Wilson (Merrigum), Naomi Shaw (Merrigum), Tasman Taylor-Lloyd (Nagambie), Sarah Lange-Richards (Rushworth), Lily Holden (Stanhope), Shae Montgomery (Tallygaroopna), Mollie Karl (Tallygaroopna), Coach — Zoe Backway.
Dakoda Cubbin (Avenel), Abbey Lazenby (Avenel), Caitlyn Cartwright (Girgarre), Lily Davies (Lancaster), Olivia Mott (Lancaster), Paige Billing (Merrigum), Latia Doherty (Merrigum), Shanae Doherty (Merrigum), Will Mason (Nagambie), Ebony Jones (Rushworth), Taya Chillingsworth (Rushworth), Coach — Helen Dawson.