INJURIES entering round one are a coach’s nightmare.
But new Terang Mortlake mentor Lisa Arundell is confident Jess Davis can slot in seamlessly in place of regular goal shooter Gabby Beaver.
Beaver is battling a back injury which will delay her start to the Hampden league open netball season.
Davis, who coaches the Bloods’ division one side, has been called up to play alongside Jacqui Arundell in the goal circle against Camperdown on Saturday.
“Jess will slot into goal shooter for us which will be good,” Arundell said.
“Because she has been training a bit and has helped out with pre-season, we’re hoping it will be a fairly smooth transition.”
Arundell said she was excited to run the team for the first time against the Sharon Kenna-led Magpies.
“I know Sharon as well and she’s a handy mentor,” she said.
“I expect them to come out firing.”
Arundell said she had settled in well at Terang Mortlake and was upbeat about the Bloods’ ability to make inroads this year.
“The club has been welcoming and so helpful,” she said. “We have a young, vibrant team and although we don’t have the depth and experience that others have got, what we have is great enthusiasm and energy.”
Terang Mortlake has the impactful Lisa Couch waiting in the wings.
Couch has returned to the Bloods after a stint at Warrnambool and District league outfit Nirranda.
“She hasn’t done much training so she’ll start in division one and we’ll keep a close eye on her,” Arundell said.