Swans keen to recruit to replace losses

March 08, 2018

Kelly Smith looks in to attack in B-grade.

Injuries ravaged Avenel’s A-grade side as it limped towards the end of last season, but the Swans were still able to progress to the preliminary final.

Last year’s coach Tegan Hansen, Laura Mundy and Erin Engel are all out after rupturing their anterior cruciate ligaments, while 2016 league best-and-fairest Kath Hard severely damaged her ankle.

The Swans are struggling to replace their losses.

Still on the search for a coach, Swans netball co-ordinator Kelly Smith said Avenel would struggle to field all three sides, despite being a successful club.

‘‘It’s pretty rough at the moment, we’ve probably got about 18 players to fill the three sides, we’ve lost a lot and only have three existing (A-grade) players,’’ she said.

Gun shooter Niki Lord, best-and-fairest runner-up Sarah Brock and midcourt ace Mackenzie Garner are the A-grade trio that will go around again.

After 60 straight victories that yielded three premierships, many of Avenel’s B-grade have also decided to retire or take a year off.

The Swans train on Wednesday at 6pm at Avenel Recreation Reserve and Smith encouraged any potential players to head along.

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