New Strath Storm netball coach eyes finals berth

New Strathfieldsaye Storm A-grade netball coach Benita Swatton is gunning for the Bendigo Football Netball League top-five next season.

The Storm were disappointing in 2012, only winning three games under Jody Warfe.

Swatton is under no illusions 2013 will be a rebuilding year, but she hopes to push for A-grade finals.

“It will be a rebuilding year, but I’d like to think we will be a bit more successful than what we were last year,” Swatton said.

“My aim would be top-five, that’s the main goal, but what we’re trying to do is pushing new people to Bendigo to come to our try-outs.”

Strathfieldsaye is looking to improve across the grades after its B-reserve team was the only side to play finals last year.

By holding its try-outs later than usual, on January 23 and 28, Strathfieldsaye hopes to attract university students who have moved to Bendigo. 

“I have contacted our past players and I have heard a few players have gone elsewhere, but hopefully we’ll be able to get a few new players at the club,” Swatton said.

“We’re hoping that a few players do stick around, we’re really trying to push some uni kids to come across and hopefully they can bring a bit of talent as well.”

Swatton is likely to be an A-grade playing-coach next season and will also coach the A-reserve team.

“I guess I put my hand up as a new challenge for myself, after co-coaching B-grade and 17s last year I just wanted to take that next step in senior level coaching,” she said.

A-grade star Alicia Langdon will coach the B-grade and B-reserve sides in her first season of BFNL coaching.

Lauren Swatton will take over as 17s coach after previously co-coaching with her sister-in-law Benita.

Strathfieldsaye try-outs for all grades will be held from 6pm on January 23 and 28.

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