It’s a pretty special time for Koroit.
The footballers are looking for a staggering sixth Hampden league premiership on the trot, while the netballers are hoping to carve out a three-peat this year after beating Cobden in 2018 and Camperdown in 2017.
But Saints netball coach Stacey O’Sullivan said the refreshing mix of new faces and developing juniors has kept the hunger for more success well and truly alive.
Bridget Roache will slot back into goals and Emily Batt into goalkeeper, while Brooke Brian will work her way back into contention following a knee reconstruction last year.
They will replace the retiring Jessica O’Connor and Jacqui Bowman.
Also in the mix for the open division are youngsters Zoe Adams, recruited from Port Fairy, as well as Belle Baker and Nessie McLaren.
And now O’Sullivan, 39, who takes over from Carly Pulling this season, hopes to imprint the same winning mentality upon the new squad, starting from the first training session on Tuesday night.
“The players who have been a part of those premierships over the years have stuck around the club, making sure the same values, culture and professionalism remain,” she said.
“It's really important we teach the juniors that so they understand what it takes to be successful.”
And while she predicted another even season, O’Sullivan said she already has her eye on two rivals.
“Warrnambool will improve and could be the big surprise packet this year, while Cobden will be strong again for sure,” she said.