Beck O'Connell spoke with Henty's Rachael Terlich in the lead up to the start of the Hume league season.
BO'C: You've had a pretty amazing off-season in regards to some big recruits.
RT: Yeah we've had some big recruits. I'm actually the only current player from last year's side, so that is definitely a big change.
BO'C: Obviously with so many new players into the club, tell us a little bit about pre-season. How have you been working together and what are some of the things you've been focusing on?
RT: For pre-season we had a couple of clinics with yourself.
BO'C: (Laughs) Thanks for the plug.
RT: We focused on our plays and working out what we need to do to get that direct flow with our new players. We've increased our training a little bit. We haven't been just on the netball court, we've been in the gym a little bit too, which has been good. We've also been breaking up into our sections and trying to get that gel between each area of the court. We've found that we need to work on our defensive throw ins and then that flow down the court. We have a very young side, with myself and Alex being the oldest now, so it's a lot of learning. Our youngest girl isn't even 16 yet so it's going to be a big step up for her, that's Imogen Jones. And basically working around each others strengths and also trusting each other, I think that's been a big thing for us. Learning that we can trust each other and to get around each other too. That's one thing we've found really important to do is hype each other up and commend the good work that someone does.
BO'C: Round one starts this weekend and you take on Holbrook, how's the vibe within the team and the club?
RT: The excitement is fantastic. Everyone is really happy and wants to be at training. Everyone gets in and has a go and works really hard which is important. We've got Sheree Richardson who's coaching us again this year and she's beyond excited. She can't do enough for us and I think that's really important, if the coach is keen it makes us even more excited. It'll be good to get on the court and see how we go. We've had a couple of practice matches. We played Milawa and then we actually played the Wagga Tigers as well.
BO'C: Henty finished 12th last year, obviously with a completely new side, what are some of the goals and aspirations you guys have for the 2019 season?
RT: I think for us and for Henty as a club, if we could just get our a-grade side to the finals again I think that would be a massive achievement and goal. That would be a feather in Sheree's cap if she could do that.
BO'C: If you could name someone in the side for people to keep an eye out for, who would that be?
RT: Definitely an up and coming player is Imogen Jones. She'll hopefully be learning in our mid-court. I'm excited to see how Brandy Galvin goes, she's eager to learn. She can move really quickly and her vertical jump is fantastic. Then down the defensive end, Georgia Luhrs is hard to not watch too. She's a beautiful netballer.
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