KELSEY Lewis says finals are on the radar for Hamilton Kangaroos’ open grade netballers in 2017.
The recently-reappointed coach said her young charges showed enough promising signs in her first year at the helm to suggest they could be in top-five contention next season.
“Probably just finishing off games, playing the four quarters of netball I know that they can (is the key),” Lewis said.
“Seven of them in the team hadn’t played A grade netball before – we were putting a whole new team together and trying to win games.
“(This year) I believe they’ll be able to make finals because they’re such a young, tight group.”
Lewis, who did not take the court herself in 2016 as she was pregnant, said it helped her in her first year as coach to be able to watch from the sidelines and take the whole game in.
While she benefitted from the new perspective on the game, the 26-year-old is looking forward to making her playing return next season.
She will be a valuable boost for the Kangaroos both with her goal-scoring ability and the experience she will bring to the court.
The team from Melville Oval is expecting to retain all or the majority of its playing list.
“It’ll just be a matter of who else comes along, who wants to come back,” Lewis said of any potential inclusions.
I believe they'll be able to make finals because they're such a young, tight group.
Hamilton Kangaroos netball co-ordinator Stephanie Holcombe said the club was thrilled to see Lewis sign on for a second year as coach.
“We had a young inexperienced team last year, and we were really impressed with how she went about developing their game as the season progressed,” Holcombe said.
“With Kelsey back playing this year we are looking forward to the added experience and direction she can provide in an on-court role as well.”
The Kangaroos have filled all but one coaching position for next season. Lewis’ sister Rhianne will again coach the division one side, while Davina Luhrs will coach division two. The club is yet to appoint a division three leader.
Rose Wombwell will again coach the Kangaroos’ 17 and under team, while Sharon Donehue and Tracey Barnes will share coaching duties for the 15 and unders. Kristine Mibus, who coached the division two outfit this year, will led the 13 and under team.