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A big point to prove

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May 18, 2018

Goulburn Valley League coach Tracey Brereton.

Tracey Brereton had just more than an hour to prepare her side for tomorrow’s contest against the Ovens and Murray league.

Again taking the helm of the Goulburn Valley League squad, Brereton brought the team together for a 75-minute training session on Wednesday night prior to travelling to Yarrawonga.

While the Association Championships next month always remain the major tournament for netball interleague sides, tomorrow’s match will not be used solely as preparation for then.

Brereton took the side to back-to-back state championships in 2012-13 and is hoping to return the GVL to that glory with the climb starting tomorrow.

‘‘I’m playing to win that’s for sure, even though it’s not our main game we need to stamp our authority,’’ Brereton said.

‘‘We haven’t been crowned the number one league for at least three or four years now, or even more, so we need to stamp our authority on Saturday.’’

Thriving on working with elite athletes is a major drawcard for Brereton to continue to lead the interleague program.

‘‘I just love working with the best of the best and I think it’s good for the girls to get amongst other players that they play against,’’ she said.

‘‘And when they all get together they realise they’re not so bad and I’m not so loud either.’’

This year there has been a shift in the make up of the team, with Kyabram’s dominance of the GVL coming to an end with players moving on.

Instead there has been an increase from Brereton’s own Shepparton side that boasts an undefeated run this season.

‘‘Ky has obviously dominated the interleague team because they’ve dominated the competition, so that’s usually how it goes, so with a few of them departing or being pregnant is does open up some places for a lot of people.’’

Bears goaler Steph Ryan and versatile star Laura Ryan will get time on court, as will Mooroopna defender Maddie Wong.

Of the 13-player squad, Tatura’s Brylee Schache, Kyabram’s Lauren Pryde and Shepparton Swans coach Jana Bruinier are unable to compete against Ovens and Murray, but will be available for the Association Championships.

There still remains plenty of talent to cover those players tomorrow with Jessie Barnes, Ellie O’Sullivan and Steph Gorrie all able to shoot in Schache’s absence.

The midcourt and defensive line-up is an even larger pool of versatility, leaving plenty of options to counteract an Ovens and Murray squad with a different feel to last year.

The GVL went down by seven goals in last year’s contest, but a younger opposition could help it stamp its authority early.

‘‘There’s about five or six girls that I’m quite familiar with through zone academy training and things like that, but they’re quite a young team, so I’m hoping with a little bit of experience in our team that we can overcome them,’’ Brereton said.

GVL senior team

Mia Fallon, Maddie Wong (Mooroopna); Elle McDonald, Ellie O’Sullivan (Seymour); Ash Cann, Kate Durling, Morgan Gibson, Steph Gorrie, Laura Ryan (Shepparton); Jessie Barnes-Hill (Shepparton United).

● Lauren Pryde (Kyabram), Jana Bruinier (Shepparton Swans) and Brylee Schache (Tatura) will feature at the Association Championships on June 17.

Match details

JC Lowe Oval, Yarrawonga, start time: 2.20 pm. Entry: $10 adults, $5 concession.

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