The Colac district will field an almost completely new-look and youthful interleague senior netball side this season.
The CDFNL released a 10-player squad this week for its clash against the Horsham district league on May 13, with Alvie goaler Georgia Robinson the only player returning from last year’s successful team.
The average age has dropped from about 27 last year to 20.6 this season with experienced campaigners like former coach Nicole Mitchell, Rachel Rodger, Narelle Frith, Shelley Scott and Sarah Breed out of the squad for varying reasons.
Lorne coach Carly Enticott has taken on a non-playing coaching role, and said the selection process had been a difficult one.
“It’s always a challenge with netball, players are invited to apply, and players from the team-of-the-year are always approached,” she said.
“Then it depends on availability, some choose to have a break or a holiday, and this year we didn’t have anyone from Simpson or South Colac.
“But that being said, it’s exciting to give opportunities to more players from the likes of Lorne, Alvie and Irrewarra-Beeac.”
Lorne’s Sharni de Jong, 27, and Rhiannon White, 26, will provide the on-court leadership as the eldest players in the side, with the majority of players in their teens or early-20s.
Colac Imperials’ Tara Morrissy, 17, and Irrewarra-Beeac’s Jeremi Robinson, 16, will join the team’s bench after playing in the association’s 17-and-under side.
“The age of this year’s squad is probably the first noticeable difference,” Enticott said.
“It’s fantastic to give young players an opportunity to challenge themselves at that higher level,” she said.
2017 CDFNL INTERLEAGUE NETBALL SQUAD
Georgia Robinson (A)
Saskia Douglas Dekker (B)
Courtney Garner (IB)
Rhiannon White (L)
Sharni de Jong (L)
Tara Morrissy (CI)
Dallas Williamson (A)
Maggie Eldridge (A)
Ginger Brown (L)
Jeremi Robinson (IB)
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