FORMER Portland junior netballer Rebecca Skinner will take her netball career full circle in 2012 when the star midcourt player takes over the reigns as Portland Netball Club coach.
The former national competition player returned to Portland midway through last season, filling in for A reserve a handful of times.
The soon to be 31-year-old said she had been looking to get into coaching and after speaking with outgoing Portland A grade coach Lauren Hockley felt the Portland job presented a good chance to get started on her coaching career.
“It was something I have been looking at getting involved in, coaching, and the opportunity was there so I had a chat to Lauren and thought it would be good to have a go at it for a year,” Skinner said.
“I think there is a lot of great talent coming up in Portland.
“They have been there the last couple of years, so there is not that much that I have to do with them, because I am coming into a team that has been runner up in the premiership in the last couple of years, so it is not like I am starting from the bottom, you are starting with a really good work basis and it is just a matter of finding that finishing touch so they can go all the way.
“Hopefully stepping down from coaching will give Lauren a bit of a break and let her just focus on her own netball, but I am sure she will be there for a bit of advice and assistance when I need her.”
At 183cms Skinner will be one of the taller mid court players in the Western Border this season and will add some depth and versatility to the Portland line up.
More details in today’s Portland Observer