Junction Stella will have one eye on the future as they begin their new Greater Bank Series campaign this week, club star Emily Taylor told the Women’s Chronicle ahead of Newcastle Netball’s long-awaited return to play.
It’s almost fortuitous for Junction as they prepare to bring their next wave of junior stars through into the Greater Open system. The NNA’s new club championship series means their youngsters already have something to play for, and that will just give them all a big boost early on in their competitive careers, Taylor said.
What it also means, is that the ten rounds Stella and their junior teams will play in the 2020 season will be the perfect staging grounds for the future, she added. It’ll be a “nice little rebuild,” before Junction pulls the trigger on a “big push.”
“We’re looking at this season as a really good chance to pull off a nice little rebuild for the club and the top teams, with a vision for next year and into the future with the juniors all ready to go with the experience,” Taylor said.
“This year it’s exciting to be back on the court, out there connecting together and learning how to be a great team and club. That should give us the perfect platform for a big, big push next year and beyond. As I said, connections are key this year.
“We have a group of new girls coming into the young teams and learning. And we have a new coach in Louise Cooper, so that’s been great as well. It’s nice to finally be out working together now, instead of just chatting on Facebook!”
Beyond actually getting to play again, Taylor admitted she’s “super excited” to be part of the club’s build for the next few years. She said the team has “tried really hard to be all combined together”, adding “I think it’s really cool how it’s going.”
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Junction finished outside of finals last year, but had a mid-season push that nearly toppled perennial contenders BNC out of fifth place. They also finished level with Maryville with 27 points, a clear six above West Leagues 2.
This time around, the ladies in blue will start their season off with a bang; the young squad will be up against NNA heavyweights Souths in their opening match. Junction will open the 2020 season on Court 14 at 2.25pm this weekend.
Junction Stella 2020 fixtures
- Souths Lions, Court 14 @ 2.25pm, July 25
- Nova Thunder, Court 13 @ 3.45pm, August 1
- Kotara South Tigers, Court 9 @ 2.25pm, August 8
- University of Newcastle, Court 9 @ 3.45pm, August 15
- Inner Glow, Court 8 @ 2.25pm, August 22
- BNC Whanau, Court 13 @ 2.25pm, August 29
- West Leagues Balance 1, Court 14 @ 3.45pm, September 5
- Souths Lions, Court 9 @ 3.45pm, September 12
- Nova Thunder, Court 8 @ 3.45pm, September 19
- Kotara South Tigers, Court 14 @ 3.45pm, September 26