Monaghan to lead new era

Gun netballer Janelle Monaghan will coach South Colac solo in 2020 after sharing the coaching duties with club champion Nicole Mitchell last year.

South Colac netball coach Janelle Monaghan says she enters the role for the first time on her own with confidence the club’s depth can cover a host of key departures.

The Roos farewelled former premiership captain Edwina Parker in the off-season, with midcourter Kate Mulgrew, Geelong, and goaler Hannah Perkins, Queensland, also announcing they were departing the club due to travel.

Experienced netballer Tahnee Dent is weighing up her playing future, while South is preparing for a new era off the court, with Nicole Mitchell stepping back from coaching the A Grade side for the first time since 2014.

But gun midcourter Monaghan, who joined Mitchell as a co-coach in 2019, said she had plenty of support and was excited to give the club’s B Grade players an opportunity to step up after the Roos had dominated the lower-grade competition in recent campaigns.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” she said.

“We’ve lost a couple of players, so for the first few weeks we’ll run an A and B Grade squad and try a few things to see what combinations work best.

“We’ll have a really young side and it’ll be a big learning curve, but Nicole and Rach Baker are still nearby so they’ll still give me a lot of support.

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