An impressive Cavaliers [Opens] were out in full swing at the pre-season carnival, not dropping a game and overcoming 2018 premiers Northern Hawks by six goals.
Coach of the Year and 2018 Cavaliers Opens Coach Dannie Carstens has stepped into a club coaching role and will provide her wealth of knowledge and experience as both a coach and a player to the 19U Cavaliers side this year. St Helens based coach Dan Roden, will step up to fill her shoes and couldn’t have started any better.
The Cavs outfit for 2019 were selected in late October and trained twice a week until Christmas. Club sponsor F45 put the athletes through their paces on a Monday night, with the second weekly session particularly focused on interval running, agility, speed and strength work.
The Cavaliers netball club value their naming rights sponsor in more ways than one. With the F45 style of training being important for not only this season, but the seasons ahead in the general and specific preparation phases. The team-based training environment creates a motivating, dynamic and targeted high intensity work out, that combined with individual home programs will hopefully see the athletes refreshed and eager ahead of each season.
The new look coaching staff have been meeting regularly in the off-season to prepare for a massive year ahead, including a pre-season camp in St Helens in March to continue the strong relationships across both teams and filtering through the club. The connection with St Helens over the last few years has been important for the regional area, with promotion and growth of the game and development opportunities for athletes and coaches. Both Opens Coach Dan Roden and 19U Tahlia Randall, have benefited from this relationship and pathway and are not only involved in the Cavaliers setup but also Netball Tasmania’s pathway programs and State Teams.
2018 19U Best and Fairest winner Shannae Heazlewood will step up to Opens this year, along with the addition of Melody Philpott to the goal circle to change the dynamics for Cavaliers slightly this year. Long standing GA Kate Gibson isn’t playing this year, as well as Megan Harper who has moved back South – leaving Deanna Wadley as the only returning goalie.
Reigning premiers in the 19U competition, will have a side mixed with experience as well as new talent. A strong midcourt of Piper Sanders, Hayley Older, mixed with newbies Lucy Jones and Jess Upton-Greer will be quick to work the ball into an experienced goal circlet of Dani Laugher, Nadia Donnelly, Olivia Roberts and Courtney Treloar who returns from injury.
2018 FINAL PLACINGS:
Opens – 3rd
19U – Premiers