GAME ON: Terri Mcleod, Hope Secomb and Kate Brooke are eager to put on a strong showing this afternoon.
GAME ON: Terri Mcleod, Hope Secomb and Kate Brooke are eager to put on a strong showing this afternoon. Rob Wright

Get in the ring

A CHANCE to atone for last year’s grand final loss awaits Coffs Harbour’s Premier League netball team this afternoon when they face Hastings Valley.

Having rid themselves of some cobwebs in their opening round win against Macleay Valley, the Coffs girls are ready to show that they’re an improved outfit in 2010.

The best way to do that is to come away with a win in front of the home fans against the Port Macquarie team.

“Hastings Valley beat Nambucca in the first round and I presume that they’re going to come out firing from the word go,” Coffs Harbour’s new coach Kylie Graham said.

“We just need to go out there and play our game and do our set plays. If we do that then I’m sure we’ll be able to give them a run for their money.”

The Coffs Harbour squad is a mix of experience and youthful exuberance but Graham believes that the mix is working well and it gives the line-up plenty of flexibility.

“We have a wide variety of abilities across the board but I think that’s what makes them work well together,” she said.

“The energy of the young guns and the experience of the older ones make it work on the court.”

This afternoon’s match is part of a North Coast Premier League double header at the Murray Drive courts where a clash between Macleay Valley and Nambucca precedes the match of the day which starts at 3.00pm.

One thing that Graham guarantees is that the home fans who get courtside today won’t be light on for entertainment.

“These girls want to make sure that they put on a good show,” the coach said.

“We’ve got a group of players who really want to go out there, give it everything that they’ve got and play well and that makes them a pleasure to coach as well as great to just sit back and watch.

“At the end of the day if they come off the court and they’ve all given 110 per cent and they’re happy with how they played, what more can a coach ask for?”



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