Allansford recruits football-netball package

ALLANSFORD coach Josh Parkinson is confident recruit Rory Neeson will have an impact in the blue-and-white hoops next season.

Neeson, a former Penshurst and Glenthompson-Dunkeld forward, is the latest signing to arrive at Allansford Recreation Reserve.

His partner, defender Sarah Robertson, has also joined the Cats and will form an impressive netball defensive combination with Stacy Rohan.

Parkinson said Neeson had lived in Warrnambool the past 12 months and wanted to play football closer to home.

He kicked 17 goals from 14 matches at Penshurst last season and bagged 153 for Glenthompson-Dunkeld the four seasons prior.

Parkinson said Neeson would have a role up forward, complementing Darren Kelly, Brett Membrey and recruit Brad Williams.

“We’ll use him in a forward role … forward and on the wing. He doesn’t mind kicking a goal,” Parkinson said.

“If he can get himself as fit as possible and get his body right he will play forward.”

While Neeson is chasing goals on the football field, Robertson will attempt to stop them on the netball court.

The Penshurst defender is a former club best and fairest and was best on court in the 2013 Mininera and District league A grade grand final.

Allansford coach Mel Harrop said she was pleased she could add another experienced defender to her list.

Harrop said new netball co-ordinator Liz McKinnon had encouraged Robertson to join Allansford, heaping praise on her for the coup.

“I do know her background in the Mininera league: consecutive A grade flags at Penshurst, club best and fairests along the way,” she said.

“She’s a specialist in defence and she’ll boost what is already a strong defence down there with Stacy Rohan.”

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