History suggests that some of the most successful teams in the Victorian Netball League’s 19/U division are those that are able to keep a core group of players together for multiple seasons.
So expectations are high for Monash University Storm’s young group of 19/U stars, which will hit the court in 2017 with most of last year’s line-up intact.
Eight players from last year’s team will link up again this season, with a number of new additions providing depth and strength to an already impressive team sheet.
Victorian 17/U representative player Enya Broadley will again lead the way down the defensive end, while Victorian team training partner Daisy Hill will provide a strong target in attack after netting 384 goals at a stunning 83% last year.
Hill will be joined in the goal circle by Ellie Karaula and Kassidy Withers, while goal attack Mikayla McNamara has crossed from Ariels.
In the midcourt, 2016 team members Ashleigh Gill, Claudia Giblin and Ailish McCormack will be joined by newcomer Chelsea Kemp, while in defence Shae Kyle steps into the team after filling a training partner role last year, and Sally Deller and Lara Keating get their first taste at this level.
New 19/U coach Di McCormack says she has high hopes for a quick rise up the VNL ladder after the team produced four wins to finish eighth in 2016.
“Our expectation is to finish in the top four. We have a strong line-up returning and with the new players coming in, we have depth in all areas,” McCormack says.
McCormack’s biggest challenge might be selecting her starting seven, with all players already performing strongly in pre-season matchplay.
“The team has already shown they’re a tight unit. Our performances in our practice matches so far show that all our combinations can work well and they’ll only improve with time.”
“Our training partners have also been a great asset and have shown they’re up to the task when we’ve called on them to step into the team.”
Monash University Storm’s VNL campaign kicks off on Wednesday, April 26 against Peninsula Waves at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.