HAMPDEN Green netball coach Pam Davis says her side will tackle the Western Regional State League competition full of confidence.
Davis, who coached Terang Mortlake’s A grade side to a surprise Hampden league finals berth last season, said her 10-player squad had the right mix of youth and experience.
Hampden Green is one of six seniors teams which will contest the indoor tournament which starts on Thursday.
Retired Koroit star Stacey O’Sullivan will coach Hampden White, while Warrnambool and District league, Warrnambool City, Colac and Hamilton have also registered sides.
Hampden Green has a strong Koroit flavour with six Saints, including Carly Pulling, who has returned to Victoria Park after a one-year stint at Warrnambool.
Midcourter Remi Grant will travel from Portland to play.
“Koroit have been fantastic in supporting the state league and they always put their hands up and want to play,” Davis said.
“Remi is really looking forward to the challenge. I think she will be very handy.”
Davis said she was pleased with the line-up.
“It is pretty strong and versatile,” she said.
“We have a couple of players who can play either end of the court in Cloe Pulling and Darcy Wilson and they will be very well led by Kate Foster.
‘‘The other Hampden team is strong as well so it will be a good test for everyone.
“But the main thing I get from everyone is they love to play with different people.”
O’Sullivan, who will play state league, said the tournament was the perfect Hampden league season build-up.
“Most of us, obviously not me, play it to get ready. It is a pre-season thing, (a chance to) get hands on the ball,” she said.
“But once you’re out there, everyone wants to get out there and play finals.’’
Hampden White has called on Gippsland recruit Allison Tewierik.
The midcourter is yet to choose a Hampden league club for the 2014 season.
“She is a good, strong, steady player and plays a natural defensive game,” O’Sullivan said.