HAMILTON Kangaroos have turned to Hampden league umpire of the year Sara Byrne to lead their A grade netball side in 2014.
Byrne has replaced Nicole Smyth, who coached the Kangaroos in their debut Hampden league season.
The Kangaroos went through the 2013 season winless and collected the wooden spoon.
Byrne has umpired at Hampden league level for the past six years, winning the umpire of the year award three times.
She said the prospect of leading a fledgling club was exciting.
“I am looking forward to working with the other coaches to build a very successful netball club,” Byrne said.
“The girls have seen how tough the competition is in the Hampden league and I believe they now understand how much fitter they need to be and how much work needs to be done.
“We have a lot of very talented netballers in this district and I am asking them to come along and try out with the Kangaroos and challenge themselves to play in the best league in our area.”
Hamilton Kangaroos netball director Kate Bailey said Byrne would build on the Roos’ foundation season.
“After a bonding year Nicole Smyth put in, Sara will add a new dimension to Kangaroos’ netball,” she said.
“For the past six years, Sara has been umpiring top grade Hampden league netball and has a great understanding of what is required at the top level.
“Along with her professional approach and commitment, Sara will bring an exciting game plan to the club.”
Hamilton Kangaroos have finalised all but one of their netball coaches for season 2014, with an A2 leader to be appointed in the new year.
Jessica Beattie will take the A1 reins for a second season, while the 17 and under leader is Jody Roth.
Amanda Huf, who captained the Roos’ A grade side in its debut season, will coach the 15 and under team and Kira Ryan will nurture the 13 and under combination.