The Border Watch : April 10th 2014
14 2014 WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL/NETBALL PREVIEW Netball Saints dynasty far from over ONE of three new senior coaches in 2014, multipremiership player Lisa Duldig has stepped into Donna Denton’s shoes and will lead the Saints this year. The new coach got her team off to a flier with a come-from-behind victory in the pre-season Elastoplast Cup recently. With Denton and class defender, Hayley Dunn still at the top of their games, the Saints still loom as the team to beat. The duo was again pivotal when tension was high in the Elastoplast Cup decider and while Denton controlled the attack line, Dunn continued to create turnovers defensively. Elise Reilly is a notable absentee in 2014, the utility having moved to Western Australia and the quiet achiever will be sorely missed as she was a pivotal part of the mid court but also a great role player who so often completely shut opponents out of the contest. Another season under the belts of Melinda Squire, Pip Ellis, Tanaya Redman and Lucy and Alex Walker should see those talented juniors continue to contribute strongly. Squire was a revelation in the 2013 season decider and genuinely played a significant role in helping turn the tide after West had the better of the early going. Alex Walker reads the play with an eye of an older player and has already NEW COACH: Lisa Duldig will coach the Millicent Saints this season. formed a formidable combination with Dunn. Adding North Gambier recruit, Danika Jolley to the mix only adds to the options Duldig has when putting together her mid court and shooting circle. TENACIOUS TIGER: Ashlee Kalontarian of North Gambier. Tigers on the prowl WITH Audine Bryant at the helm and on court, the Tigers were always going to have to deal with the mantle of potential challengers to the Millicent Saints’ dynasty. In the recent Elastoplast Cup, the Tigers made the title decider and really pushed the reigning premiers. But the pre-season competition was not kind to North Gambier with veteran mid courter and back up goaler, Michelle Hosking rupturing her achilles in a season ending injury. The injury has robbed Bryant of her most experienced and reliable performer. The shooting combina- tion of Ashlee Kalantarian and Abbey Duncan showed plenty of promise though, as a mobile and athletic duo, while Brianna Walters is arguably one of the most consistent and reliable mid court feeders in the competition, giving Bryant a handy replacement for Hosking. Defensively, Alannah PREMIERSHIP HEROINE: Haley Dunn of the strong Millicent Saints line-up. 14 - Western Border Football & Netball 2014 Season Preview Campbell and Meg Gazzard remain the mainstay of the Tigers’ always tenacious and close checking defence, while veteran defender, Leanne Cameron, who also succumbed to injury – a troublesome ankle – in the pre-season cup, is a third option for Bryant as she looks to match up on each of the club’s shooting combinations. Bailey Watson got a call- TIGER TAMER: Audine Bryant will coach North Gambier this season. up in the Elastoplast Cup decider and while playing in slightly unfamiliar territory on the defensive wing, she showed a desire to give no space to her opponent and scrap hard for every loose ball. The Tigers also have plenty of experience and strength in their A reserve squad with depth certainly not a problem at Vansittart Park.
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