Who has the BL&G netted for 2017?

IT’S still early days in the Barossa, Light & Gawler netball off-season, but there has already been reasonable movement within the association.
South Gawler is pushing to go one better this season after falling at the final hurdle to 2016 senior one premiers Kapunda.
The Lions’ summer has been eventful, regaining three-time association best and fairest Karina Cook, who returns after taking a year off due to pregnancy.
However, they also lose association team-of-the-year goalkeeper Kayla Schultz, who will have the upcoming season off for the same reason.
Coach Tara Gallarello, who will continue in 2017, said the club will look to keep building and working towards a premiership.
Willaston welcomes newly appointed senior one coach Kimberly Walker for the upcoming season.
Walker, fresh from an A1 premiership with Long Plains, will bring team-mate Danica Earle to the Donnybrooks, and said a number of others have shown interest in joining.
Barossa District is not expecting any departures and also welcomes Contax’s Tegan Lang, who joins boyfriend, and 2016 Hurn Medallist, Darren Shillabeer, at the Dogs.
But, in a cruel twist of fate, Lang may miss the 2017 season after suffering a ruptured Achilles during a social summer netball match with Barossa.
Reigning premier Kapunda is expecting little change, but may have a new coach as Sarah Johnson has expressed her desire to step aside in 2017.
The Bombers also welcome back goal-scoring machine Tab Mackenzie, who had most of last season off due to pregnancy.
Meanwhile, Nuriootpa welcomes Sallyann Vivian as playing-coach for the upcoming season, replacing
Lynlee Mangelsdorf.
Unfortunately, the side has already suffered an early blow, with winger Emily Koch ruled out for the season after undergoing a knee reconstruction.
Similarly, Freeling has already copped two major setbacks, as the Heinrich sisters are out for the 2017 season.
Key defender Megan Heinrich is moving to Brisbane for work, while mid-courter Ashleigh Heinrich will play for Riverton next year.
Coach Susie O’Brien said the loss of the pair is a huge blow, but is hopeful pre-season trials can breathe some life back into the side.
Angaston coach Lee-Anne Cummings said her team hopes to have goalie Lilly Miles back from a stint at Oakdale, and should retain other key personnel.
Gawler Central’s 2016 coach Kelly Assender will this year share co-coaching responsibilities with her assistant coach, Phil Hendy.
Hendy advised that goalie Nicole Shepherd and senior two’s Rachael Songer will not play this year, as they will be in the United States, and said the majority of the team has recommitted to 2017.
Finally, Tanunda has not reported any movement in the off-season as yet, but coach Amy Hart said the club will be looking to keep its existing players and focus on local talent returning. That time will tell after
next month’s trials.


Steph Konatar was an intern at The Bunyip during her Bachelor of Journalism degree. After completing her course, Steph moved to Dubbo, NSW, for her first industry job at The Daily Liberal, before moving to Queanbeyan, NSW to pursue her dream of sports journalism. Steph moved back to Adelaide in late 2015 and soon started work at The Bunyip. She plays Aussie rules for West Adelaide and loves basketball and the NBA.

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