ANGASTON has signed one of Barossa, Light & Gawler’s brightest netball talents, Tanunda’s Stella Fraser, ahead of the 2018 season.
The 16-year-old had a solid year in a winless Magpies senior one outfit in 2017, taking out the club’s best and fairest award.
The new Panther said a large reason behind her decision to move clubs was to work with Angaston mentor Lee-Anne Cummins.
“Obviously, she (Cummins) is a very accredited coach,” Fraser said.
“I’m getting my Ps this year, so I thought I’d take the time to get developed by someone who really knows what they’re talking about.
“I’m looking forward to learning off new people, having different mentors.
“Angaston’s a very successful club, being the most successful club in the (2017) finals.
“I’m keen on building on that whole club spirit, I have a few friends from country champs there.”
Fraser, who usually plays as a defender, said she was shocked to win Tanunda’s top accolade this past season.
“Being the youngest player in the seniors at Tanunda, I didn’t expect that,” she said.
“We had a rough year, (and) playing attack as well, and the ball not being down there a lot, it was a bit of a shock.”
Fraser helped coach Tanunda’s sub junior sides in 2017, however she won’t be able to do so for the Panthers this coming season.
“I would, but I’m doing year 12 this year, so I’m focused on just playing,” she said.
However, she confirmed that her coaching partner and Tanunda Coaches’ Trophy recipient Ellie Clark will also be joining her at Angaston.
“I think it’s going to be great for me and Ellie, we coached together,” Fraser said.
“Even though I know a few of the girls at Ango, it’ll be good to be not the only new person.”
Despite leaving, Fraser said she couldn’t be more grateful for the role the Magpies have played in her development.
“I’d like to thank Tanunda, I played there for 10 years, they’ve done plenty for my junior development, but I’m excited to move on and develop more,” she said.