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Starkey takes up netball job

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December 08, 2017

ECHUCA United will head into the new netball season with a new coach at the helm.

Rohan Starkey makes the move to takeover as coach of the A and B teams.

Starkey has a long history in the region’s netball, previously coaching at Moama and Mathoura, as well as time as an umpire.

Club president Tracey Pearson said Starkey’s experience would help the club take the next step.

‘‘He’s really well known within the netball community, so all the girls have an understanding of what he is about and what he expects from them,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘He’s really keen to take us in a new direction after a lot of changes in the club over the past year.’’

United are coming off a strong season, in which they finished third in the Murray League in both A and B grade.

The A grade team would made the semi-finals, before falling to Deniliquin.

In B grade, the side made it to the second last week of the season, falling just short of the grand final after a loss to Tongala.

However, Starkey believes the club can improve.

‘‘Obviously he has a lot of experience with his previous coaching, so we believe that he will be able to get the sides on the path we want them to be on,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘We are really excited by the season coming up and are expecting big things.’’

Caity Lourey has also been named as the C grade coach.

Lourey takes the helm after spending last season as co-captain of the side, which finished second on the ladder, only to be upset by Finley in the preliminary final.

Viv Duck has been appointed to the C reserve coaching role, while both Lisa and Jess Davidson will take the helm of the under 17s.

Sherridan Wagner takes on the under 15s head job, with Kristi Larkin to coach under 13s.

Elle Florance has been named as the development coach for the club.

Nicole McCormick is the under 11s coach.

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