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    Maddie Iredell in front of Jo Taylor, Laharum

Intriguing season for Horsham and District Football Netball League

Plenty of intrigue surrounds  the make-up of Horsham District Football Netball League teams as players prepare for round one on Saturday.

After 18 months away from playing competitive netball, Horsham District netball director Sharon Fedke said she could not believe the season was almost ‘finally here’.

“We’ve been busy putting everything in place – it feels like we’ve been preparing forever and all of a sudden it’s here,” she said.

Mrs Fedke said league officials had been busy meeting with clubs in the lead-up to the weekend and ensuring they had appropriate support.

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A Grade will look a little different in 2021. It will welcome a new club in Kaniva-Leeor United, but Taylors Lake will not field an A Grade side.

“They have permission from the league and it will give the club a helping hand,” Mrs Fedke said.

“Taylors Lake has a lot of great young girls coming through but they were a bit concerned about numbers, as a lot of clubs have been.”

Mrs Fedke said she expected reigning premier Laharum to lead the way in 2021 after retaining the majority of its list.

She said her club, Noradjuha-Quantong, was also looking good – particularly with the return of decorated goalie Shannon Couch, from Natimuk United.

“Shannon used to play for Quanny before going to Nati, so she’s coming home,” she said.

“Nati has had a few changes. I think Kalkee has kept a few girls and will be strong again and I expect Harrow-Balmoral will be too, although I haven’t heard much about them.

“I’ve heard a rumour Jeparit-Rainbow has welcomed back Penny Fisher, who has won league best and fairests in Horsham District and Wimmera leagues They’ve got a lot of young talent who would really benefit from Penny’s experience.

“Of course, a lot of what I’m hearing is still rumour at this stage. I’m really looking forward to seeing some games played and seeing how everything goes.

“I’m hoping for a competitive season because if it is pretty even, it shows the strength of the league.”

– Sarah Matthews


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