Despite not getting the results on-court that they would have hoped for in 2021, Edenhope-Apsley coach Sarah Domaschenz is able to take positives from her side's season.
The Saints only notched the two Horsham District Football Netball League wins for the season, however, they operated with a completely different side to the one that made the 2019 HDFNL semi-finals.
"I'm so proud of our team because we had a whole new team, so there were only two girls that had played together before," Domaschenz said.
"I think COVID made it difficult, they started to really gel as a team and then we wouldn't play for three weeks.
"I would have liked a few more wins, but I'm so proud because they've all individually grown as players and then as a team, they started to really build that chemistry. So that's all you can ask for as a coach."
Domaschenz highlighted Dulcie Shirrefs as being a standout for the club both on and off the court. Shirrefs was recently rewarded for her season when she was announced Opposition Player of the Year alongside Laharum's Olivia Jones.
"She (Shirrefs) was our captain this year and she's just fantastic," she said.
"She's played all her netball at Edenhope. To have her come in and step up as the captain of A Grade, she's been fantastic for our club. She's such a good role model.
"I'd mention them all if I could. Honestly, they've been an absolute delight to coach."
Domaschenz is looking forward to 2022 when she will again coach the side she described as "such an "upbeat positive team".
"The future looks good at the club. We just need to keep working and retain our players," Domaschenz said.
"Alex and I have taken on coaching again.
"A Grade only won two games but you wouldn't know. You would have no idea.
"We just wanted to keep building, keep everyone around and keep building next year if COVID allows. We got heaps of new players to our club this year.
"Morgan Coventry was a new teacher at the school this year from the city. She is fantastic."
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