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Inglewood marks return to A-grade netball action

by Nathan Dole

INGLEWOOD marks its return to A-grade netball action against Marong in this Saturday’s start to the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League season.

The Blues will have home-court advantage on a day where it’s more than just about premiership points.

Inglewood FNC has named it’s season-opener as “Kaye’s Day” as a tribute to Kaye Cohalan who lost her battle with cancer last year.

Proceeds from “Kaye’s Day” will be donated to the Cancer Council as Inglewood aims to mark the special occasion for new club president and Kaye’s husband, Chris.

A new-look Blues A-grade team is coached by Mandy Burrill-Grinton and captained by Lauren Lloyd.

Abby Wicks takes on her former club, while Megan Johnstone and Abbie Ellis are among 14 recruits for Inglewood.

The Blues and Panthers will be desperate to start the season well.

Marong ended the 2018 campaign in seventh place.

The Linda Bickerdike-coached line-up includes Bianca Jones from Strathfieldsaye Storm, and Jacinda Barnes, a mid-courter from Picola United.

The play of Kim Dalton, Meg Rothenberger, Dani Jeffery and Teagan Bickerdike will be a key to Marong’s chances of netting the four points.

Bridgewater’s run for back-to-back premierships starts at Mitchell Park in Pyramid Hill.

The club has appointed Shellie Davies and Jessey Wilson as joint coaches of the A-grade team.

A highlight for Bridgewater was the signing of gun defender Zoe Davies, who previously played for Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat.

Olivia Collicoat will be back on court for a team that includes the skilful Brigette Matthews, Ellie Wilson and Carly Scholes.

It’s a daunting task for first-year coach Emily Prout and the Pyramid Hill team.

Last season’s sixth placing followed an A-grade premiership the previous year, and emulated the trend of sixth in 2016, and league titleholders the previous year.

Newcomers for the red, white and blue include Kelsey Williams, Chloe and Grace Broderick.

The Benita Swatton-coached Eagles welcome goalshooter Ally Symons from Golden Square, and also recruited Rachael Gray from Sandhurst, and Mount Pleasant’s Sarah King.

A new-look defence will be led by Lauren Van der Leest, and Rachael Gray.

The Eagles defence faces a daunting task in limiting the impact of Laura Hicks, a three time league best and fairest and star goalshooter.

Mitiamo was third last year and the return of Hicks and Stella Calder is likely to put the Kylie Piercy-coached Superoos well in contention for the premiership.

Another big match will be at Calivil United where the Demons face Newbridge.

Runner-up last season, Calivil United has achieved a lot of success.

The Christie Rogers-coached Demons have added Hollie Alford, Jess Demeo, Chelsea Hicks, Lisa Miller and Jarileey Scholtes to the squad.

A first-year coach at Newbridge, Jane Reid will look to gun recruit Alyssia Cole from White Hills to finish off many moves to the goal circle, and for big games from Sharlee Hannig, Leah Dixon and Meg Jennings.

Bears Lagoon-Serpentine has the bye.

Match times for LVFNL netball:

A-grade and C-grade at 3pm.

B-grade and C-reserve at 1.30pm.

17-under and 13-under at 12pm.

15-under and Minis at 10.30am.

 
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