A NEW season brings a new challenge for the Lady Hornets with a move to the South West Conference in the Country Basketball League.
Damien Kilpatrick has taken over from Gareth Hiscock as senior coach for this season.
He expects a host of junior players to suit up for the Lady Hornets for the first time at the weekend against Portland at home.
“We have had a few changes but we have a lot of youth coming through,” he said.
“We have Georgia Carberry, Steph Glover, Ella Friend, Ella Amos, Molly Lakin and Nekaela Butler and a few of them could be suiting up this weekend. We have a good group of senior players with a good mix of juniors coming through.”
The Lady Hornets have lost a couple of players in Maddi Iredell and Ally Hiscock but have gained Faith McKenzie back.
“She is a big in for us this season and will slot straight in,” Kilpatrick said.
Kilpatrick said the opening stages of the season would be a learning experience.
“We have absolutely no idea what to expect from Portland or the league at this stage,” he said.
“We have to assume the Geelong and Warrnambool-based teams will be really strong, but it’s one of those things we will be finding out.
“We are expecting everyone to be strong. We have done a fair bit of work with fitness but we did have to drop off because of netball finals. We have trained a lot and we have been getting good numbers. The team will only get better.”