Julie Hoornweg has told Shepparton Swans not to think about the end result ahead of Sunday's Goulburn Valley Netball League A-grade grand final.By Hannah Driscoll
Do not think about the end result.
That is Julie Hoornweg’s best piece advice to Shepparton Swans as they approach their fourth consecutive Goulburn Valley Netball League A-grade grand final in as many years and a 17-and-under final.
Hoornweg, the former Melbourne Phoenix and Vixens coach, agreed to mentor the Swans’ four coaches this season.
Three of those — A-grade’s Jana Bruinier, B-grade’s Bianca Willis and 17-and-under’s Tania Orchard — were entering their first years in their roles and Hoornweg said the club felt it would be good for them to have a sounding board.
‘‘I love helping coaches, I think it’s fantastic. It’s a tough job, so we talked about this mentoring role and came up with a plan and .
She said players would get nervous and forget about doing their job properly if they focused on Sunday’s end result.
‘‘It’s all about processes and putting in place behaviours that you need to do to make you a winner, working on those things — and they’ve been working on those most of the year — redefining what those roles and responsibilities are and focusing on them,’’ she said.
Hoornweg said her advice included having players practice skills the way they would use them in a game, the importance of preparation and having all four coaches working together as a unit.
She has also encouraged the coaches to consider why they made changes on court and what they hoped to achieve from them.
‘‘I think real coaching is about talking to the athlete, giving them the feedback, giving them the behaviours you want to see on court and allowing them the opportunity to do it,’’ she said.
Hoornweg’s role with Bruinier, the only playing coach, has been slightly different, being ‘‘some eyes and ears’’ off the court and sometimes also throwing her some personal feedback on her own game.
But she stressed it was Bruinier who was in charge.
‘‘She’s made decisions throughout the year that I would not necessarily have done and we’ve just talked about it after the game,’’ Hoornweg said.
‘‘Some have worked, some haven’t, but we just talk about them after the game and I would never step in and say ‘Don’t do that’, just sit back and go ‘okay, why did you make that decision, what were you looking at, what were you seeing?’ and then I might say this is what I saw.’’
Hoornweg watched the second semi-final between Swans and Sunday’s opponent, Shepparton, nearly two weeks ago and was confident the Swans could reverse the result.
She said ‘‘they didn’t finish it off in that middle stage’’, but showed, as they had all season, their ability to fight back into a game.
‘‘The opposition, while we respect them, they also know this team is not going to lie down. They’re going to come at them,’’ she said.
‘‘They’ve got a great opportunity.
‘‘It will be a great game, no matter which way it goes. Bears are a great team, Swannies are a very good team too, so it’ll be a great match I would imagine if it’s anything like the semi-final.’’
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