Retaining just three players from last year’s side, Cripps [Opens] will be a new looking and potentially unknown side come the 30th March. The side will be looking to break into the top four this year, after not playing finals since 2016.
A club full of strong player pathway development and success, will see three of their 19U players step up this year and with 15 out of the 18 State League players, been playing with Cripps since 11U or 13U.
Pre-season for the club commenced in mid-January with running and strength sessions. The teams, both players and officials, also started some sessions at F45 Bellerive. Preparations also included a weekend beach camp at Primrose Sands. The girls participated in beach runs, strength work and team bonding activities.
Two former Burnie Tigers have found home at Cripps down south this year. Clair Jones has come on board as both assistant coach and a player in the Opens, while Kendall Jones will be one of five new inclusions into the 19U minor premiers’ side.
Opens will be looking for consistency this season. Leading from the back end, long standing defence duo of Olivia French and 2018 Opens Coaches Most Wanted, Alex Vinen, will be looking to win as much ball as they can to provide their new goalie combinations with as many opportunities as possible.
The 19U side will be looking for redemption after losing the 2018 Grand Final in the last few minutes of the match. Just three of the nine players are new to State League this year, after being part of the Cripps powerhouse in the 17U STNA competition last year. With a mix of experience and youth in all three areas of the court, along with 2018 19U Coach of the Year taking the reigns once again, the team is shaping up to be competitive once again.
2018 FINAL PLACINGS:
Opens – 5th
19U – 2nd