New dawn for Cockatoos

THE newly-formed Sandy Creek Netball Club will take to the court for the first time ever in just 10 days, after joining the Gawler & District Netball Association for the upcoming winter season.
The netball club is an extension of the Sandy Creek Cricket Club, and will be coached by Cockatoos cricketer Scott Hill.
The 42-year-old said the opportunity to form the netball club arose at a committee meeting for the cricket club.
“We thought with the Barossa Hub coming up, and all the sporting funding that’s coming up, that it would be a good opportunity to expand and become more than just a cricket club,” he said.
In its inaugural season, Sandy Creek will register an A-grade side with a view to enter more senior sides, and juniors, across the next few years.
Hill, who has previous coaching experience at St George’s, said the club had to recruit heavily for players.
“They’re from all over the place, we’ve got girls as far out as Adelaide and some just at Williamstown,” he said.
“Three or four girls came together from St George’s, and the rest we went on a bit of a recruiting rampage.
“It’s just worked out that most of them have young families as well, so we work it out to be a bit of a babysitters’ club as well.”
Upon entering the competition, Hill said the G&DNA has been more than accommodating.
“The secretary, Jo Connolly, has been amazing,” he said.
“We had a one on one, and we’ve worked very well together.
“Even the secretaries of the other clubs in the association, they’ve put their hand up to help us get started.”
Despite being a new club, Hill has high hopes for its inaugural season.
“Our expectations are just to get through the season, and just enjoy playing netball,” he said.
“I think we would expect to be in contention for finals, but it’s going to take a couple of weeks to gel.”

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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