Coffs Harbour easily defeated Macleay Valley.
Coffs Harbour easily defeated Macleay Valley. LEIGH JENSEN

Coffs season off to a flyer

AFTER losing last year’s grand final, Coffs Harbour’s Premier League netball team have made their intentions clear that they want to go one step further in 2010 after a convincing win in the opening round of the season.

Coffs Harbour’s elite squad returned from Kempsey on Saturday with a 48-23 win under their belt.

With a new team, new coach in Kylie Graham and a new attitude Coffs Harbour took the court with all guns blazing.

The team shone thanks to the shooting prowess of Kate Imrie who was more than ably supported by Lillian Dellar and Nicole Wilson.

Defensive efforts by Leanne McComas and Hope Secomb were second to none with intercepts occurring at almost every opportunity. The centre court players, Lynn Smithers, Terry McLeod, Kate Brook and Lyndsay Dorney put on a show both in attack and defence and supported the shooters with some exceptional feeding into the circle. Overall, a strong game to start the competition.

Happy to record her first win as coach, Kylie Graham was impressed with her team’s first performance of the year.

“I am very proud of how each and every player stepped up and gave 110 per cent from the word go,” Graham said.

“The team adjusted to changes with ease and with this they backed each other from one end of the court to the other.

“Coffs played as a team and this in itself made the game flow.

“Kempsey had strong moments and they will only improve over time and we look forward to another strong match next time we meet them.”

Coffs Harbour are now looking forward to their first home game of the season which is going to be played on Saturday, March 13 at the Murray Drive courts.



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