RETURNING Western Eagles A Grade netball coach Jacinta Langdon says she is up to the challenge of strengthening last season’s preliminary finalists.
Langdon is confident departing coach and close friend Karen Slater has left the team in good shape.
“My aim is to build on the great work that Karen Slater has done with the team last year,” she said.
“I’ve been friends with Karen for a long time, so I know how she works and I’ll just be trying to build on the great stuff that they did.”
Eight years have passed since Langdon coached the senior team.
The Eagles stalwart has still been a key figure at Irrewillipe Recreation Reserve, coaching junior netball and the C Grade outfit more recently.
Langdon said she had finalised a squad of nine players for the A grade side, who she will sit down with to set 2014 targets towards a premiership.
“It’s been elusive, we’ve only ever won one and our aim would be to make finals like last year and maybe go one better,” she said.
“We certainly want to be up there again, I just don’t want to look too far ahead.
“I’m looking to just play good, solid, team-orientated netball, it’s as simple as that.
“I’d like to sit down with the team and work out what goals we’d like to achieve, I’ve got my own personal goals, but I’d like to sit down with the other nine girls and work out what they are, because mine might be different to theirs.”
Langdon said a key personal goal was to improve the already strong Eagles culture for the club’s longevity and make it a force in the future.
“My aim is to keep it really simple and keep enhancing the club culture that we have, we have a very team orientated culture out there and I want to keep that going, as well as give some kids an opportunity to work their way into A Grade,” she said.
“We are always good for kids’ numbers, but they tend to leave the club when they get to the uni stage of life.
“I want try and make it sustainable so it looks like a good club to come back to, which is happening now.
“We’ve got players like Hayley Fidler, who played all her junior netball with us, moved away and has now come back and will play A grade with us, so that kind of thing is something I want to see more of.
“You can’t make kids come back, but if you make it comfortable and inviting that might be some way to go in doing that.”