Netball Queensland is pleased to announce Queensland 19/U coach Megan Lynch and Queensland 17/U coach Simone Nalatu have been reappointed for 2018.
Nalatu led Queensland 17/U to a bronze medal finish at the National Netball Championships this year, while Lynch led Queensland 19/U to silver.
Both squads will attend a four day Emerging Players Camp from Saturday to Tuesday where the coaches will get their first chance to evaluate players for 2018.
Lynch said she was more motivated than ever to take the reins and lead Queensland to glory.
“Last year’s grand final loss really motivates me. I’d love to be able to take this next group of girls all the way to the grand final again this year and go one better,” Lynch said.
“I always like to work with these younger kids to see where they go after. To watch Kim Jenner and Tara Hinchliffe go through to the Firebirds has been fantastic and there are some other really talented players coming through.
“If I can help bridge that gap between Queensland’s 19/U program and Australian Netball League program, then it leaves the state in a really strong spot.”
At the camp, selection panels will select training squads of up to 25 players for each age group to assemble in January to prepare for the National Netball Championships.
Nalatu said six players from her 2017 squad would again be eligible for selection, but she was looking forward to casting her eye over new players across the coming days.
“There’s a huge depth of talent in Queensland. It’s no given that those girls will walk into the team and I think if they do make the team it’s because they’ll be pushed by the talent we have across the state,” Nalatu said.
“This year was a great opportunity and I’m really happy to have the chance to do it again next year. We want to go better and this year absolutely shows us we have the opportunity to do that.
“Coaching presents a great challenge. Just like when I was on the other side of the fence and playing, I love the challenge of the sport, I love the competition. I want to make these athletes better and want to be a better coach, and that’s what keeps me turning up every day.”
17/U assistant coach Lauren Forbes and 19/U assistant coach Kerrianne Farrelly have also been retained for 2018.
Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds coaches Roselee Jencke and Jenny Brazel, plus Queensland Fusion coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser, will support Lynch and Nalatu at the September camp.
Players will also receive guidance and support from Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds Mahalia Cassidy, Laura Clemesha, Caitlyn Nevins, Tara Hinchliffe and Romelda Aiken.