Possession the key, says 17-and-under coach

KEEP possession. It’s a simple instruction but one Warrnambool and District 17-and-under coach Raewyn Poumako hopes her young netballers heed with discipline.

The teenagers will take on Colac and District at Central Reserve today, hoping to turn the tables after defeat in the same fixture 12 months ago.

Poumako, a former Nirranda and Merrivale A grade coach, said she wanted them to play defensive netball as opposed to attacking with a carefree mindset.

“I want them to play really disciplined netball and play quite defensively, not throw away balls, value possession,” she said.

“That’s a big one, valuing possession. You can’t afford turnovers because turnovers at this level will cost us.”

Poumako said she was pleased with the calibre of young netballers who had trialled for representative selection.

She believed she had a skilled and versatile side which could change things up if Colac and District gained the ascendency.

Kolora-Noorat’s Laura Bourke is captain while Timboon Demons’ Rebecca Dendle is vice-captain. Both have A grade experience.

“I think individually they’re all very strong, they’ve got a really good skill level and are quite intelligent on the court. They’re court smart,” Poumako said.

“And I think they’re very versatile so it gives us a lot of options. And coming together as a team, they’re doing very well.

“They haven’t had a lot of time (together) and at training they’ve listened, they’ve taken on board what I’ve said. As a team, they’re really gelling.”

Warrnambool and District will also take on Colac and District at 15-and-under level. Chris Van Kempen will coach the visitors.

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