REDEMPTION for last year’s finals defeat might not have to wait long for Echuca’s A grade netball side.
They face Euroa in Saturday’s season-opener, who took down Echuca 45-38 in an elimination final last season.
Coach Casey Frame said while she and her side had a great relationship with Euroa’s team, they were keen to avenge the finals defeat.
‘‘We’ve got a lot of respect for and really enjoy playing against Euroa, they’re really pleasant and nice girls on the court,’’ she said.
‘‘Last game we played them we got knocked out of the finals so I would love to rectify that this week.’’
But round one will see both sides line up with different looking teams, meaning Frame was unsure quite what to expect from the contest.
‘‘It’s the first game, they’re a different team, we’re a different team,’’ she said.
‘‘We just want to start the year on a positive and that’s probably the biggest priority. If we can start the year with a win it will get a bit of a monkey off our backs.’’
Echuca will experiment with its sides early in the season, with Frame suggesting the A squad would not be finalised until at least round five.
With pre-season behind them, Frame echoed the excitement of many coaches for the season to finally commence.
‘‘We’re excited now, it’s the good time of the year and you just want to play the sport,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve put in the time and effort and we just want to reward ourselves now with good performances on Saturday. I’m excited and nervous and just want to get the games going now.’’