Sorry Saints

August 30, 2017

Tayla Edsall-French showed great promise for Heathcote and is one of the youngsters providing hope for the future.

IT WAS a tough year to be a player or a fan of Heathcote’s A Grade netball team.

Failing to register a win for the season — the Saints suffered more than a few heavy losses.

The resignation of coach Mitchell Gray midway through the season only made matters worse.

Gradey McNicol stepped into the top job and brought a wealth of coaching experience to the table after three years as A Grade playing coach for Mooroopna. Unfortunately, McNicol was unable to turn the tables and the Saints saw out the season without collecting any points.

McNicol said it was obviously a tough season and a win would have been warmly welcomed.

“We had our chances but didn’t capitalise,” she said. “The team didn’t play four strong quarters. We have to play the game out if we are going to compete.

“We weren’t consistent enough and didn’t capitalise on turnovers. Our accuracy was also off.”

Despite the disappointing season, McNicol said there were great patches of competitive netball.

“We had an enjoyable season even without getting a win,” she said.

“The girls took on the new plays and gave it 100 per cent. Everyone is at the club for the right reasons and I hope the team can build on those positives next season.

“Young players Tayla Edsall-French and Brittany Lindsay were impressive this season. They are both quite young but have a lot of potential.”

McNicol said she will not be returning to coach the side in the new campaign.

“I will step down and focus on my career but will still be around to offer my support,” she said.

“There is no replacement yet.”

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