CAMPERDOWN A grade netball coach Tracey Baker is looking forward to what she believes will be a more versatile season as she prepares to lead the Magpies in her second season as coach in the Hampden Netball League.
Baker and her Magpies will go into this season for the first time in five years without dominant goal shooter Narelle Welsh, clearly the most imposing figure in the goal circle in Hampden over the past four seasons.
While Baker concedes having Welsh under the post to pass to was certainly a luxury she admitted that the towering shooter also tended to make the side a little one dimensional and predictable, something which would likely change this season.
“It is really good having this six-foot whatever player standing underneath the ring, I really enjoyed passing to her, but at the same time everyone knew they just had to double team her,” Baker said.
“Our goal attack, Jaymie Finch, she is a lovely player but couldn’t play the game that she has naturally been able to play her whole life because the focus was on the taller goalie.
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