Wickliffe Lake Bolac Football Netball Club is savouring the opportunity to help reinvigorate the community when competitive netball returns on Saturday, April 17.
The A Grade side finished fourth in 2018 before falling to ninth the following season.
However, 2019 was a season that could have easily been very different for the team despite its lowly position on the ladder.
Not only was its percentage higher than the two teams directly above them, but they frequently found themselves on the wrong side of close games.
On five occasions, Wickliffe Lake Bolac lost matches by five points or less. They were also involved in the only draw of the season against Great Western.
Small gains may therefore make a big difference for the side.
Netball coordinator Kim Thom said she had been encouraged with the team's pre-season.
"We played a practice match against Coleraine which was a good hit out and run for all players that played," she said.
"We have a great mix of youth and experience come into the A grade side.
"This season, we want to have a positive and enjoyable year after the year we have all had.
"We want to create combinations and increase skills each week we get on the court. To take each week as it comes and to rebuild, reset and work harder from the week before."
Thom said having netball return was fantastic for people both on and off the court.
"It's very valuable for all our players new and returning to get back into the netball," she said.
"It will bring the community back to life, and everyone will enjoy the community and social gatherings we have sorely missed over the last 12 months.
"We would like to thank our members, players and the whole community for the support during the last year. It's been very tough for everyone but it's the people and towns we live in that help us get through such tough times."
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