Koroit coach Jacqui Bowman steps down after Hampden preliminary final loss

STEPPING DOWN: Outgoing Koroit coach Jacqui Bowman cheers her players on during their Hampden league preliminary final loss to Port Fairy. Picture: Amy Paton

STEPPING DOWN: Outgoing Koroit coach Jacqui Bowman cheers her players on during their Hampden league preliminary final loss to Port Fairy. Picture: Amy Paton

BEATEN preliminary finalist Koroit is searching for a new open grade netball coach.

Jacqui Bowman has stood down from the role after playing a key part in the Saints’ return to September action following a rare finals absence.

Bowman, who has battled chronic fatigue for four years, said she was unsure of her top-grade playing future.

“I will see how my body feels. I will be at the club and will play in some capacity if I am able to,” she said.

The Saints could be without promising centre Olivia Niddrie (university) and goal attack Brooke Grimes (pregnancy) in 2017.

“Brooke announced after the game she’s pregnant, which is very exciting,” Bowman said. “She’ll be back next year at some stage.”

Bowman said she was proud of the Saints’ efforts in their 42-35 loss to Port Fairy.

The Saints skipped out to a seven-goal third-term lead before the Seagulls wrested momentum. 

“I am proud of the girls and we had a great season, got better as the year went on,” she said.

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