Timboon Demons mentor Kelly Gowland from on-court action, but she’s found coaching support in an unlikely form

TEAM EFFORT: Timboon Demons coach Kelly Gowland will be joined by husband Neil, who is coaching the club's A reserve side.
TEAM EFFORT: Timboon Demons coach Kelly Gowland will be joined by husband Neil, who is coaching the club's A reserve side.

PREGNANCY has sidelined Timboon Demons mentor Kelly Gowland from on-court action, but she’s found coaching support in an unlikely form.

While Gowland will spend a chunk of the season on the sidelines, husband Neil will offer support as the club’s A Reserve mentor.

He is Timboon Demons’ first male senior netball coach.

Despite her absence, Gowland revealed her side was vying to build on last season’s preliminary final appearance after retaining the bulk of its list.

Former players Melissa McKenzie and Natalie Hunt have also signed on after time away from the club.

(A preliminary final) has to be the minimum expectation of how far we can go again.

Kelly Gowland

“I think that has to be our goal,” she said.

“We’ve got a very similar group of girls to last season and (a preliminary) has to be the minimum expectation of how far we can go again.

“I can’t see why we can’t do it.”

The third-year coach was banking on natural improvements from her youth, including shooter Laura Rosolin and defender Emily Jansen Van Beek.

She said junior promotion was a key strategy for the club. “We certainly want to make the transition between juniors to seniors as flawless as possible,” Gowland said.