Dragons name 2015 coaches

Sandhurst coach Brett Fitzpatrick.
Sandhurst coach Brett Fitzpatrick.

SANDHURST has made two key coaching signings for the 2015 BFNL season.

The Dragons have reappointed senior football coach Brett Fitzpatrick and announced Carol Cathcart as the club's new netball coach.

Cathcart, nee Byers, previously coached the Dragons from 1997-1999.

She is one of the highest-accredited netball coaches in the country having coached the Australian 21-and-under squad for four years as well as being an assistant coach at the Melbourne Vixens for four years.

She's also previously coached the Victorian Fury and the Perth Orioles and been an assistant coach at the AIS.

Fitzpatrick, in his first season in charge of the Dragons, has the club in top spot on the ladder with two rounds remaining.

They've lost one game for the season - a 22-point defeat to flag favourite  Strathfieldsaye.

Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick has refused to write Golden Square off as a premiership contender ahead of Saturday's Dragons-Bulldogs' clash. 

The fourth-placed Bulldogs have won six less games than the ladder-leading Sandhurst and Strathfieldsaye sides and aren't expected to go deep into September.

The Dragons and Bulldogs meet at MyJet Oval on Saturday and Fitzpatrick is expecting a fierce battle.

"Golden Square carries a fair bit of aura about them and justifiably so,'' Fitzpatrick said.

"You always have reservations about them, no matter where they are on the ladder.

"I look through their side and I see a number of class players that are going to take stopping.

"We need to make sure our defensive measures are in place, so that we don't let things get away from us.

"I don't expect an easy going game at all and the game probably won't be decided until late in the final quarter."

The Dragons hold a slender 5.5 per cent advantage over the Storm at the top of the table.

A close win over the Bulldogs might not be enough to keep the Dragons on top of the ladder.

Carol Cathcart, middle, with some of Sandhurst's netball squad. Picture: Supplied.

Carol Cathcart, middle, with some of Sandhurst's netball squad. Picture: Supplied.


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