The Colac Tigers have suffered a major blow on the eve of the netball season after rival club Geelong West landed former Australian junior representative Brooke Allan.
The 18-year-old defender, who earned back-to-back Geelong league A Grade Team of the Year honours, has joined older sister Kara in crossing from Colac to the Giants ahead of the 2017 season.
Brooke Allan is one of Victoria’s most promising young netballers, and is gearing up to represent the state for a fourth-straight year in April.
She donned the Big V at last year’s successful 19-and-under tournament as a bottom-age player after two national campaigns for Victoria’s 17-and-under side in 2014 and ’15, earning a spot in Australia’s 17-and-under squad following the 2015 tournament.
Incoming Colac Tigers co-coach Sara Hay said the club was disappointed to lose Allan, who held down the goalkeeping position for the Tigers’ A Grade side for the past three seasons after a successful junior career at the club, which included multiple flags at underage level.
Hay said Tigers officials worked tirelessly to sway Allan’s decision before she confirmed her departure after graduating from Trinity College Colac last year.
“It’s a massive out and a huge blow for us; we spoke to Brooke on many occasions and tried to instil on her the direction we’re heading this year,” she said.
“But we wish Brooke all the best, and like Kara, they’re always welcome back at the club.”
An injured knee also forced fellow defender Lucy Vercher to leave the Tigers in the off-season, leaving a big hole in Colac’s defensive end.
But Hay said club officials were confident the Tigers had the depth of netballers to cover the loss of Allan and Vercher.
“We’ve got plenty of options,” she said.
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