APOLLO BAY netball officials hope the appointment of two young netballers to lead the club will spark a boost in player numbers approaching the Hawks’ 2016 campaign.
Goaler Taylah Schram and new recruit Mel Tomlins will co-coach the Bay this season, taking over from Jodie Bertrand after two seasons at the helm.
The coastal club is battling to field three senior teams again after a tough 2015, and president Vicki Hannah said officials had approached the association to work out a solution.
Mrs Hannah said the Hawks’ lack of netballers could force the club to field only two senior grades.
But she said the Bay was thrilled Schram and Tomlins had put their hands up to lead the club.
Schram was a standout in the shooting circle for the winless Hawks last season, netting 216 goals as the side’s go-to attacker in her first year at the club.
Tomlins, who moved to the coastal town in 2016 as Apollo Bay P-12 College’s new PE teacher, has played all her netball in the midcourt at Leopold in the Geelong league.
“Taylah and Mel will co-coach which is good to have some new blood,” Mrs Hannah said.
“We’ve put in a letter of consideration, so until the league gets back to us we’ll see what happens this year.”
Mrs Hannah said Apollo Bay’s junior program was looking strong, despite the club’s struggles in the senior grades.
The Hawks expect to field teams in all three junior grades.
“We’ll probably fill the 17s with some of the 15s, because there’s quite a lot in that age group,” Mrs Hannah said.
“The 13s should be okay, so the juniors aren’t too bad which is promising.”