NEWLY appointed head coach Casey Frame will have a commanding presence at Echuca this season, even if it is from the side-line.
The 2016 A-grade co-coach and player has stepped off the court this year following a knee reconstruction.
But her role at the Murray Bombers has by no means lessened as she assumed full control of the A-grade line-up for 2017.
“It means I can be more involved on game day,” Frame said.
“Not playing will be a new experience and it will take a little bit to adjust to not being on the court and handling that temptation.”
A-grade has made the top six the past three seasons and it was the coach’s aim to see the team there again.
And while the club was losing some experienced players with Leah Thompson focusing on women’s football and Maddie Wines making the move to Melbourne, it was gaining experience in their place.
Echuca United’s Lisa Drysdale, Erin Delahunty and Anna Palmer have moved to the Murray Bombers for 2017, while Tamara Nicholls and Zara Pearson are returning to the club.
“We have some really youthful teams this year which is quite exciting,” the coach said.
“A few of the younger girls like Olivia Hannon, Eve Gregor, Dearnah Kent and Abbey Poulton already have a year under their belts and should be quite strong this season.
“At the moment it’s all about building those part- nerships and working on different combinations and training together as the one squad.”
Frame said there was some tough competition in the Goulburn Valley league this season and said Tatura was one to watch with a new coach and strong playing list.
“I’m not really focusing on what the other clubs are doing,” Frame said.
“Kyabram are always strong and will no doubt be again this season, and the Shepparton sides are always hard work.”