A YEAR off from netball coaching has given new Apollo Bay coach Kath Speirs a fresh perspective at the coastal club.
Speirs, 37, is Apollo Bay’s A Grade netball coach this season after taking a year off to have her son Rylan.
The Apollo Bay resident coached 17-and-under netball following a stint as the Hawks’ A Grade coach four years ago.
Speirs said she was returning to the Hawks’ top netball job with a fresh perspective after spending time on the sidelines.
“I stayed involved by coaching the 17s and last year was the only year I didn’t coach at all, obviously having a baby I didn’t want to have a broken season,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to having some new girls to coach and I’m looking at having competitive senior sides within the club.”
Apollo Bay goaler Laura Taylor and Kiera Flack are among Hawks players Speirs coached as juniors.
Speirs said her time off gave her a chance to reassess players at the club.
“It’s good to have that background knowledge but sometimes it can be to your detriment because you don’t have your eyes as open as you should,” she said.
“I’m glad I’ve had a year off and it’s given all the girls a clean slate to get out there and play and let me see their ability.”
Apollo Bay has missed finals the past two seasons after finishing fifth in 2010.
Speirs said remaining competitive against the top CDFLNA A Grade teams was one of the Hawks’ goals this year.
“Our training sessions have been really great and with the seniors and juniors training together there’s been great morale at the club,” she said.
“I think everyone is looking forward to Easter Weekend and starting the season.”
Speirs replaces Stacey Wilson who is spending a year away from the club.
Apollo Bay takes on Lorne in a season-opening clash on the Easter Weekend at the end of March.