WIth a new coach at the helm and an icon of the club returning, Ararat's A Grade netball team will be looking to make progress on its elimination final loss from last year in 2019.
Q&A with Ararat Rats A Grade coach Taylor Mason
Q: How have you settled in at your new club?
A: Really well. There has been a lot of support from not only the players I am coaching but also the committee and footy side of things too.
Q: Who has impressed you throughout the preseason?
A: Probably my young girls. Racquel Scott and Delaney McLoughlin are both girls up from the 17s. Their skills have really impressed me week in, week out.
Q: What expectations has your team set for this year?
A: Last year was obviously successful with the team making finals, so the target is to do that again and like all teams, push for a premiership. We have got a few additions with Megan Shea returning to the side who is Ararat royalty. That player alone coming into the side will offer a lot more experience of being successful that can hopefully rub off on the group.
Q: Thoughts on your round one matchup against Warrack Eagles?
A: They are obviously a very strong team, having finished on top of last year's ladder. I think it is a good way to start the season. You never know where you're at until you get out and play those benchmark teams so we will have a good indication of things after this Saturday.
Q: What strengths do you think are crucial to your team?
A: I think we pride ourselves on our versatility. We have eight players that can play three positions or more so that versatility will play a big role throughout the year.
WHO'S IN AND WHO'S OUT - ARARAT RATS
INS: Taylor Mason, Megan Shea
OUTS: Krystal Fisher
LAST YEAR'S EFFORTS
Fourth with 10 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw, 109.8%. Elimination final loss to Horsham Saints.
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