Geelong Cougars completed the 2018 Bupa Victorian Netball League season as one of the most successful clubs in the competition.
The Cougars proved a formidable force throughout the 2018 season, with all three divisions making finals and two teams, Championship and Division One, progressing through to the grand finals.
Despite two heartbreaking losses in those grand finals, including a one goal loss in Division One, Cougars’ president Kerri Scott said there are lots of positives to take from the season.
“2018 was an absolutely fantastic season for the club as a whole,” Scott said.
”We are happy where we are. We have the group that we need and we will keep building.”
Scott asserts the significance of the Bupa Victorian Netball League as it provides their community’s players an opportunity to compete at a new high standard of netball.
“Geelong has such a wealth of netball talent. It is important for Geelong to have a VNL team since we have so many associations and teams playing,” Scott said.
“The Bupa VNL is a fantastic pathway for players to further their netball and aspire to play in the Suncorp Super Netball.”
The high performance pathway has been a proven success with Geelong netballers. Cougars’ midcourter, Tayla Honey recently signing a contract to play for the Melbourne Vixens in the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball.
Whilst Honey will be missed by the Cougars, the club can rest easy after re-signing star netballers and Deakin University Australian Netball League players Melissa Bragg and Brooke Allan.
Trials for the Cougars take place on the final three Mondays of October. At an exciting time of year for the Cougars’, Scott states that their coaching group are able to examine the calibre of the trialling players and commence the major planning for the season.
In addition to securing the return of star players, Scott is pleased to announce the return of their skilled coaching panel, including Gerard Murphy, who received his High Performance coaching accreditation this year.
With their pre-season organised, Scott is confident in Geelong’s success as a club will continue in 2019.
“We are just hoping that next year might be our year.”