Calivil United appoints joint A and B-grade netball coaches for 2018 LVFNL season

LEADERS: Calivil Football Netball Club president Glen Scholtes and netball operations manager Kellie Ansett, with joint A and B-grade coaches Karen Pascoe and Teigan Redwood.
LEADERS: Calivil Football Netball Club president Glen Scholtes and netball operations manager Kellie Ansett, with joint A and B-grade coaches Karen Pascoe and Teigan Redwood.

CALIVIL United has locked in its A-grade netball coaches, with Karen Pascoe to again link-up with Teigan Redwood.

The pair guided the Demons to a third-place finish in 2016 before Redwood flew solo as coach last season.

Pascoe, who remained with the Demons in 2017 as their 17-and-under coach, said she was looking forward to joining forces again with Redwood.

“We had a good year when we coached together; it worked very well,” she said.

“Teigan was playing A-grade and I was playing B-grade, so the other one took more of a coaching role in the game depending on who was on the court.

“We think very similarly, both love our netball and think very passionately above it and coach very well together.”

Pascoe and Redwood will lead a Calivil United team, which finished the 2017 LVFNL season in fourth place.

The Demons won an elimination final against Bridgewater, but bowed out of the finals race with a first semi-final defeat against eventual premiers Pyramid Hill.

Pascoe said the pair had been encouraged by the response to the first three of four tryouts, with a final one scheduled this Sunday at Raywood Recreation Reserve at 9am for juniors and 10am for seniors.

“We have had some new blood come into the club and quite a few returning players, she said.

“And we have five or six stepping up from the juniors this year, which will be great.

“We have had a pretty successful run the last five or six years at Calivil in both the A and B-grade, so we’ll definitely be looking to be around the mark again or better.”

The pair will coach both A and B-grades.

Redwood, who is one of the Loddon Valley league’s premier defenders, will continue as a playing coach.

An A-grade premiership player and best and fairest with the Demons, the former Sandhurst player has now played more than 100 games at Calivil.

She previously played division one in the Victorian Netball League and represented Victoria at the Australian Mixed Netball Championships.

Pascoe, whose resume includes previous stints as A and B-grade coach at Mitiamo and Lockington-Bamawm United, said she had enjoyed stepping back into junior coaching last season.

“They are a great group of kids out at Calivil and they all love their netball, which made it very easy,” she said.

“And there’s a great group of parents out at Calivil too, which makes things a lot easier in junior sport.”

In other coaching appointments:

C-grade: Tegan Christian, Kellie Ansett (assistant).

C-reserve: Tegan Christian and Hollie Alford (co-coaches).

17-and-under: Jackie Gallagher.

15-and-under: Jeannie Wagner, Michelle Rodwell (assistant).

Minis: Nicky Lawry, Yoli Humphries (assistant).