A focus on pre-season fitness boosts confidence

Young guns: The club is keen to develop and provide opportunities for younger players throughout the season.
Young guns: The club is keen to develop and provide opportunities for younger players throughout the season.

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North Clare committee members have been extremely busy throughout the offseason to ensure a successful start to 2018.

With a focus on pre-season fitness training and coaching the teams have been building confidence during the past six weeks of training.

Sonya Baum has returned to coach the A1 team and will be aiming to further develop the style of play she pushed with the girls in 2017.

Rachel Pearce has also returned as the A2 coach.

While the club has lost some players, president Delvene Mathie said it has been great to see the return of many players that have not been at the club for a few years including Taylah Edwards, Lauren McInerney, Sarah and Emily Jaeschke, Shellee Bowman, Shaylee Scott, Jo Goodwin and Sal Rolstone.

“We have also been extremely pleased to see many new faces around the club,” said Delvene.

“As a result, we have very healthy numbers both in our senior and junior teams.”

New to the team this year are Jess Burnes and Lissy White from Blyth/Snowtown, Ellie Goss and Jordy Stewart from BSR, Loren Cross from South Clare and Leah Rosser, Annie Mead and Georgia Mead.

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Unfortunately, the club has lost Ash Williams and still wait for the return of injured players Millie Heinjus, Megan Parish and Emma Meaney.

“Hopefully we will see them all back on the court in season 2018,” Delvene said.

Many young players are also entering the senior ranks this year.

“We are keen to develop and provide opportunities for these players throughout the season,” said Delvene.

“Some will begin the year in senior teams while others will gain the opportunity via the under 15 squad when teams require players throughout the season.”

“We look forward to seeing many of our talented young players further progress this year including the exciting development of Alyssa Pawelski who made her A1 debut last year and will begin season 2018 as an integral part of our A1 team.”

“Both Jess and Elyssa Aucote have also had a strong pre-season and we look forward to seeing them have a great impact during the season.”

North Clare is hoping to end the season on a high this year and will be hosting of the grand final.