League has to bring its A game

Tallangatta league coaches Claire Megarrity and Georgette Meunier are looking forward to Saturday’s showdown against the Kyabram league. Picture: DAVID THORPE

Tallangatta league coaches Claire Megarrity and Georgette Meunier are looking forward to Saturday’s showdown against the Kyabram league. Picture: DAVID THORPE

A RICH blend of experience and youth is driving up the standard of netball in the Tallangatta League, according to Georgette Meunier.

Now the interleague coach is hoping that mix stamps its authority on Saturday’s clash with Kyabram at Albury Sportsground.

Meunier coached Tallangatta to an interleague win against Hume last year but expects this weekend to be a tougher assignment.

“They have a reputation for being a very strong competition so we will really need to bring our A game,” she said.

“But having said that I’m very happy with the mix of girls in the A grade, under-17s and under-15s.

“They come from a range of clubs across our league, a mix of players who have played Ovens and Murray netball and some youngsters who will play at that level and beyond.

“The idea is to get the best of the best and blend in the kids to help them develop as netballers.

“I saw first hand how that worked for the Ovens and Murray and have no doubt it will work here.

“Interleague is a really big thing for us and we take great pride in playing and winning.”

Meunier, who played at a number of Ovens and Murray clubs, including a 150-game career at Wodonga Raiders, now plays for Barnawartha.

She said the standard of netball in the Tallangatta League could rival some Ovens and Murray teams.

“There are a lot of really promising youngsters out there and others who have decided the family orientation of the league is a better fit than O and M,” she said.

“Of course we don’t want to lose these young ones to the O and M but they are destined to play netball at a much higher level.

“We played Shaylah House, who is just 14, in our A grade last week and she shot 25 goals, Olivia Leech is just 15 and played goalkeeper.

“I’m looking forward to seeing those girls go on and play, not just in the Ovens and Murray but hopefully watching them on television.”

The A grade clash at Albury Sportsground starts at 2.30pm.

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