The Tumbarumba Fliers will head into the 2022 Upper Murray Football and Netball League (UMFNL) season with Brigid Rhynehart at the helm.
Rhynehart, who led the A-Grade Fliers to third on the UMFNL ladder before their season ended abruptly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, wants to keep the good results flowing into 2022 and beyond.
“I accepted the role again as I have a passion for playing/coaching netball,” Rhynehart said.
“I am keen to follow on from last season and hopefully keep the momentum going.”
The senior Fliers were strong in all grades, with B-Grade sitting second, C-Grade on top of the ladder, and D-Grade also sitting second when the season came to a close after 11 rounds.
“Senior netball in 2021 was the strongest it has been in a few years, which is why no finals was extremely disappointing for us,” Rhynehart said.
“All four grades had strong numbers and would have made the finals with the potential of winning.”
In A-Grade, the Cudgewa Blues were the team to beat, only losing one game all season, but Rhynehart was adamant her top-grade Fliers were up to the challenge of beating the Blues.
“Cudgewa were definitely the team to beat and a quality side who were in a strong position to win,” Rhynehart said.
“I have no doubt we could have been there grand final day, and playing finals netball, anything could have happened.”
With the pre-season only just around the corner, the Fliers face some personnel changes.
“Our list will most likely change for next year with a few players, who were in town due to Covid, heading away again,” she said.
“We will miss them but we just need to rebuild.’
In good news, Ali Grant will stay on board in 2022, with the Fliers coach believing the versatile netballer will add an important element to A-Grade from round one.
“Ali Grant joined mid-way through last season. She will be returning this season,” Rhynehart said.
“She is a dynamic defender/goal shooter that will bring a lot to the team.”
A return to normality and a full UMFNL season had Rhynehart excited for the future, and while results on the court were important, the coaches focus was on building a strong club environment.
“The opportunity to play gets me excited. The past two seasons have been Covid-affected and hopefully 2022 will see us return to a full season,” she said.
“My goal as coach is to build a successful team that has a strong bond both on and off the court.
“From a club perspective we want to make netball an engaging environment that encourages people to enjoy the game and all the benefits that come with playing a team sport.”
For now, Rhynehart will get a chance to work with players in a social setting, with the popular Fast Five netball competition kicking off on Thursday.
For more information on the competition, readers can visit the ‘Tumbarumba Australian Football and Netball Club’ Facebook page.
Fast Five netball is back
Tumbarumba Australian Football and Netball Club will be hosting their Fast Five preseason netball competition for five weeks leading into Christmas.
The competition kicks off on Thursday night, November 18 and will run on each Thursday night through to December 16.
For those interested, people can enter a team or just turn up to play for a bit of fun, it’s free to play and games go for 30 minutes.
If readers are interested in playing, they should express interest to Brigid Rhynehart on 0492802342 or via email at [email protected].