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Positive outlook for 2018

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August 22, 2017

Roey Johnstone shoots a goal from far out.

Madison Davis receives a pass in goals.

Molly Boyle receives a pass from Jacquie James.

Jacquie James receives a pass from Roey Johnstone heading into the goal circle.

Emma Ryan takes a high grab in goals.

After a much improved season this year, netball at Tatura is looking positive.

Molly Boyle has committed to another year, with ace Emma Ryan joining her as co-coach of the A-grade and under-17 sides next season.

Having brought the Bulldogs their first A-grade win since 2015 and having notched three victories so far this year, Boyle said she was always keen to continue coaching.

‘‘It’s awesome, as long as the club was happy to have me around again (I was happy to go again),’’ she said.

‘‘I never wanted to come only for a year, there’s only so much you can do in a year and we’ve made some good progress, so we’re looking to step that up.’’

Boyle was thrilled to pair up with her team mate in the role, with Ryan already helping out this season.

Boyle and Ryan are good friends from playing netball in Ballarat together, and Boyle is confident they will form a solid team.

‘‘She’s probably taken on a fair bit of a leadership role this year and helped me out a lot,’’ Boyle said.

‘‘Her experience and knowledge is good to have and coaching an A-grade side is such a hard job, so it’s nice to have a little bit of help and we probably complement each other with our coaching styles.

‘‘She’s played a massive role this year; I’m already bouncing ideas off her anyway without her having the formal name, so it’s awesome, it’s just a logical option.’’

With the coaching appointments made official in the past week, Boyle said most of the core playing group had plans to continue on next year.

The side unfortunately was not strong enough to overpower a finals-minded Magpies side on Saturday, and went down by 23 goals.

The Bulldogs were best served by Elle Henderson, Jacquie James and Roey Johnstone.

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