Peter Reaburn and Sonia Cooper look forward to their Frenchville teams battling it out on court.
Peter Reaburn and Sonia Cooper look forward to their Frenchville teams battling it out on court. Nanje Barry

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THERE is a bit of confidence in the Frenchville camp with Sonia Cooper and Peter Reaburn named as the coaches for the club's two teams competing in the 2012 Rockhampton Leagues Club A-grade competition.

Last year the Brumbies was a competitive unit, always in or around the top four without ever looking likely to topple teams like Brothers Crimson or Colts.

Cooper believes this season's squad will be tougher.

"This year we will have a sharper and more versatile team," she said.

The former Buckaneers mid-court player believes the team will be strong across the court and is especially excited with what she believes her shooters will produce.

"We are already into pre-season training and the team is doing the fitness in conjunction with Peter (Reaburn)." she said.

There are some changes to last year's squad with Lisa Kuhl, now Matheson, no longer available.

"She will be a big loss," Cooper admitted.

While the shooting departmenrates a strength for the Brumbies, she said the defensive circle is a work in progress.

"We just need to get the girls working together," she said.

Among the retained players is Keanna Hopkins while Rachael McDonald has moved back to the Brumbies after starting last season with the Mustangs.

Like many other clubs, Frenchville used the recent summer Premier League program as an opportunity to try out juniors who wish to play in the senior ranks.

Some of those emerging players will be considered for A-grade spots while others will have a season in the Senior Reserves.

Meanwhile, Cooper is looking forward to one game in particular this season: when the Brumbies face the Mustangs.

While Reaburn insists his young Mustangs team will be out to down the Brumbies, Cooper countered with a friendly challenge.

"You might have the fitness but I've been doing this a lot longer than you," she said.

Reaburn is well respected around the netball scene for the work he has done with the Claws fitness programs and now he is just as enthusiastic about taking on an A-grade team.

While winning is always an objective, the team Reaburn has is very much a development squad with success likely to be two or three years further down the track.

"We will have three experienced players to help the youngsters along," he said.

Kristen Honeyball, Lisa Gillhannan and Paula Harmsworth will be the calming influence on court for the Mustangs.

"I didn't think 10 years ago that this is what I'd doing," Reaburn said, "I guess it is the price of having daughters."

The Mustangs team last year pulled out of the competition near the season's end, but Reaburn is confident that will not be an issue as he is committed to the team.

While new to A-grade, Reaburn has been an active coach in the junior ranks, including some of the representative teams.

The club still seeks an experienced goal attack for one of the teams. Anyone who believes they can play A-grade in that position, contact Trudy Landsberg on 0419331392.

Sign-on is January 29 from 9am to 1pm at the Frenchville Sports Club function rooms. New members and members from last year are asked to attend.

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