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Netball | Local clubs announce new senior mentors

By Aydin Payne

Goulburn Valley netball clubs have been busy locking in coaches for next season with multiple announcements highlighting an eventful off-season.

Murray Netball League outfits Congupna and Numurkah have signed new mentors for next season, as they look to climb the ladder.

Ash Warren is set to steer The Road's A and B-grade sides and will take over from departing coach Phil Bryant.

Warren is a premiership winner at Goulburn Valley League club Kyabram, with the attacking option a member of the Bombers’ B-grade netball flag in 2017.

The Road will look to build on last season's elimination final loss to Cobram, where they suffered a 55-41 loss.

Another club looking to improve on this season is Numurkah, with the Blues announcing the addition of Rachelle Moon as A-grade coach.

Numurkah finished last season in 13th spot and missed the finals for the first time after five-straight appearances.

Moon, who has played senior netball at GVL outfits Tatura and Rochester, previously coached Heathcote District League club Lockington-Bamawm United.

Moon's appointment ends the co-coaching tenure of Tracey Commadeur and Mary Morrison.

● Kyabram District League clubs Lancaster and Murchison-Toolamba have joined in on the fun and have signed new senior netball coaches for next year.

Murchison-Toolamba has acquired the services of Euroa's B-grade premiership coach Jenni McCluskey — in what is a major coup for the KDL outfit.

The Grasshoppers’ new mentor led Euroa to its grand final win against Echuca in September, which ended the club's 36-year netball premiership drought.

McCluskey, a former A-grade coach at Mooroopna and Shepparton East, will coach Murchison-Toolamba's A-grade and 17-and-under netball sides.

Lancaster has announced Rod O'Neill will take the reins of the A-grade outfit.

O'Neill has a wealth of experience with the magnet board and his resume features a premiership medal as coach of Lancaster's 15-and-under side.

He has replaced Leanna Couston at the helm of the Wombats and will look to lead the club's A-grade side to finals for the first since 2016.