In an ominous warning to the rest of the teams competing in the Canterbury State League netball competition defending champions Arawang look to be stronger in 2014.
Last year’s defending champions who are aiming to go back-to-back have gained the services of defender Natalie Jones (Belconnen) and goal attack Leigh Kalsbeek (Canberra).
There two losses include goal shooter Alison Rigney (retired) and defender Kelsey Lee-Roberts who is having a year off as she attempts to represent Australia at this year’s Commonwealth Games in javelin.
The strength of Arawang’s squad is supported by a survey of rival coaches who have clearly nominated them as the team to beat in 2014.
Arawang coach Kim Symons says that every game this season will be like a grand final.
“It was great to win the Premiership, however we are not taking our 2014 campaign lightly. Every single game we need to step up and be on our game,” Symons said.
Symons believes there are a number of clubs who will be in the mix come finals time.
“Tuggeranong missed last year’s finals but with the return of Keely Rodrigo, Madeline White and Michaley Phokos and the addition of Nadia McDonald (former Sydney Swifts), will definitely be a threat to all teams in the competition,” Symons said.
“Belconnen with their Canberra Darters players Sepi Langi, Megan Kelly, Megan Clowry, Peta Rogers, Silvia Gonzalez is a quality side and Canberra who are consistently up there each year can never be underestimated.”
Arawang meets Queanbeyan in round one of the Canterbury State League on Friday night. All division one games commence at 9pm.