Apollo Bay veteran commits to Hawks as coach

Apollo Bay club champion Tiff Holt has committed to the Hawks for the 2015 season under coach Jodie Bertrand.

Apollo Bay club champion Tiff Holt has committed to the Hawks for the 2015 season under coach Jodie Bertrand.

FORMER Apollo Bay netballer Jodie Bertrand has re-committed to another season as the club’s A Grade coach on the eve of the 2015 season.

Bertrand has put her hand up to coach the Hawks again after the club failed to attract interest for the top job.

New Apollo Bay Netball Club president Vicki Hannah told the Colac Herald last month that the Hawks were “battling to find players to fill the club’s netball stocks”.

CDFLNA-coaches-2015She said some players from last year’s campaign had indicated they would take 2015 off, and officials were struggling to secure netballers for the season which starts in April.

But Bertrand, 38, said things were looking a lot more positive a month later.

“I coached the A Grade side last year and I wasn’t sure about committing to the role again this year,” she said.

“But we were struggling a bit and didn’t really have anyone else to do it so I thought I’d go again.

“Things are looking a lot more positive than they were a few weeks ago, everything is falling into place.”

Bertrand said a host of netballers from last year’s team had committed for the 2015 campaign, while the club would call on players from its 2014 B Grade finals team to step up.

“Tiff Holt is going to play again, so are Kandice Huybens and Marli Coutts, the rest of the girls are up from B Grade,” she said.

“Taylah Schram, who is from Geelong, is also going to play.”

Bertrand played junior netball for Irrewarra-Beeac before returning to the sport with Apollo Bay in recent years following a 10-year break.

She played in the Hawks’ 2010 B Grade grand final before coaching the B Grade side, then took on the A Grade top job last season, leading the Hawks to an elimination final.

Bertrand is the final Colac district A Grade coach to commit, with the season starting on Saturday with a clash between Lorne and Birregurra.

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