PICOLA United’s A grade were one game short of finals contention in 2016.
Picola finished sixth after going down in the final round to Jerilderie, but coach Leesa Hoopell was confident a year together would put them in good stead for this season.
‘‘We certainly hope to play finals this season and we have a couple of new recruits who should help us get there,’’ Hoopell said.
Emma Greaves, Marnie Bell, Lauren Williams, Pennie Langley, Bonnie McLean and Maddy Charteris have joined the A/B squad and were already working well with the team.
Hoopell said Greaves had been an amazing help around the club after moving from Moama to play and coach the under 13s.
‘‘The sides relatively the same from last season besides a few new girls,’’ Hoopell said.
‘‘Pennie Langley (moving from Girgarre) is someone I’m looknig forward to having in the team and will add some experience to the team.
‘‘She’s played a lot of netball and has a good netball brain.’’
Grace Byrnes and Kylie Buttler have also returned to the side.
‘‘We know we’ve got some tough opposition but we’ll give it a good crack,’’ Hoopell said.
Strathmerton would be the team’s first test come round one and Hoopell said it would take a lot to take down the strong side.
But the underdogs looked forward to the challenge and had already pin-pointed some areas to work on in 2017.
‘‘We had a lot of difficulty controlling the ball last year,’’ Hoopell said.
‘‘We turned the ball over too easily so we will need to work on looking after our goals and then putting the pressure on the other teams’ centre passes.’’
The junior teams were also likely to be competitive with the appointment of some new coaches for 2017.
Greaves taking on the under 13s, Nicole McKenzie heading the under 15s and Jacinda Barnes the under 17s.