Kingston Blues will be determined to beat a fourth-place finish in Opens this year, having not been able to proceed past the semi-final in the last few years. Blues experienced the least amount of player movement and change based on last year’s squad – dropping no players but picking up one [Madeline Jones] who returns to the team after a season off.
A focused, combined pre-season, capitalising time together, has focused on hard work in the gym, as well as time on the court increasing strength and conditioning and consolidating structures and combinations. Both teams are enjoying the results of their hard work in pre-season and are building consistency in their intensity on court.
Kingston play home to both the 2018 Opens and 19U joint Best & Fairest winners. Bri Clack will step out on court in the 19U competition again and after a solid season last year, was not only rewarded with a Best & Fairest win, but also selection in the 19U Tasmania side. Greta Shelton will return to the Blues for a second season, after starting her time at Kingston with an Opens Best & Fairest win.
Lisa Wheeldon will take the reins of the 19U side this year, supported by John Fox, after long standing State League coach Shane Fish steps down to help junior development within the club. Naming just eight players, including one new defensive option, the 19U side will be looking to return to the Grand Final, after just missing out on a third consecutive appearance last season.
2018 FINAL PLACINGS:
19U – 3rd
Opens – 4th