Simpson champion netballer answers coach call

SIMPSON netball veteran Suzanne Spokes has answered the Tigers’ call for a new netball coach.

Spokes coached the Tigers’ A Grade side in 2008 before stepping aside to allow Kaylene Jones to take on the senior coaching role.

But Jones’ decision to take a break from coaching started Simpson’s search for a new coach, which ended with Spokes’ return.

Simpson netballer Suzanne Spokes has returned to coach the Tigers’ A Grade team in 2012.

Spokes, a veteran of more than 300 games at the Tigers, said a desire to help the club made the decision to return easier.

“At my age the plans were just to quietly slip away and relax a little bit,” she said.

“But I wouldn’t let the club, which is a fantastic club, go without a coach and that’s why I put my hand up to do it this year and hopefully we can try and find one from then on.”

Spokes’ sseason goal is to get the Tigers into finals.

But the 42-year-old said the ultimate goal was to challenge for the Tigers’ first premiership since Simpson joined the Colac district netball league in 2003.

“Every year is the same, you are always there trying to play finals and you always want to play in a grand final,” Spokes said.

“The girls know what it takes and they just have to work that extra bit harder.”

Spokes said the Tigers had the players to challenge Colac’s top netball teams.

“The side is looking not too bad and there’s some good young kids coming through,” she said.

“It’s about getting them fit and the girls know what they have to do, it’s just getting the best out of them.

“They know what’s expected at that level and they have the commitment to take that next step.”

Spokes said her players’ work and school commitments came before netball but the Tigers were keen to hit the court in April.

“It is hard, they are a bunch of young girls with uni and school and that all takes priority,” she said.

“So they know they just have to work that little bit harder.”

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