Ash Chapman to take on A/B squad in 2014.By Chalpat Sonti
Seymour’s netball sides will go back to the structure of 2012 with Ash Chapman to coach an A/B squad next season.
‘‘Hopefully that will give us even more depth, close the gap between A- and B-grade and develop more players for A-grade,’’ Chapman said of the decision.
The expanded squad was tried in 2012 but was abandoned before this year, Chapman’s first in charge.
He was heavily involved in the tail-end of the B-grade side’s season, including its finals campaign where he co-coached with Cathy McInerney.
He sees plenty of other positives from the move.
‘‘It gives us flexibility in terms of match-ups week to week, we’ll have more numbers at training and hopefully it’ll build a strong culture between the players.’’
Combined with the earliest start to pre-season in the netball club’s history (see below) it aims to build a ‘‘fitter, smarter and stronger’’ squad.
‘‘In the past I’ve had a lot of success with it and come September when we need to be fit come the finals, we will be.’’
Chapman stressed that places were still open in the squads.
‘‘We want to make sure we look at as many people as we can and by no means are the teams selected at all.’’
And he believes the A-grade side can make a better start in 2014.
‘‘I can get my teeth into the group really early, whereas last season I only really took over in February.
‘‘I thought in the second half of the season the group really did change and start to play really well but having a longer period of exposure hopefully will result in a better first half of the season.
‘‘We’ve got a fantastic core and some great talent coming through.
‘‘With Abby (Misiti) coming back and (former Melbourne Vixen) Kath Knott potentially floating around as well it’s looking pretty good.’’
The two youngest members of the A-grade squad, Sarah Szczykulski and Millie Brock, were recently selected to play for the City West Falcons under-19 side in the Victorian Netball league next year, a club Chapman is a coach at.
‘‘They did extremely well throughout the selections and it’ll be interesting to see how they go. Sarah played a few games last season.’’
Anyone who wants to be considered for selection in any Lions side next year must attend the preseason sessions and selection nights.
Preseason triaining dates are November 19, 21, 26, 28, December 3, 5, 10 and 12 all between 6pm and 7.30pm at Kings Park.
Selection nights are december 16 and 17.
Under-17 will be from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and the open-age grades will be from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Anyone interetsed must complete a registration form (downloadable from the Seymour Football Netball Club website) and for further information contact Chapman on 0417 009 067 or email@example.com
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