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Meg Denson announced as Cobram A-grade netball coach

By Cobram Courier

Cobram Football Netball Club has named young superstar and long-time club stalwart Meg Denson as the new coach of the A-grade netball side.

Denson said she was a bit nervous, but mostly excited to start her new role.

“I’m only 20, which is the same age as most of the other girls, but I’ll be able to connect with them better as I’m friends with most of the off the court,” she said.

“I’m very excited to see how we go this year, it’s going to be good to develop some young players.

“I think we’ll be quite competitive.”

As well as coaching, Denson will be goal keeping, a position she has played since she was 10.

And if that was not enough, Denson will juggle studying primary school teaching at La Trobe University in Melbourne ­- a three hour commute from Cobram.

She said when the club committee first asked her to take on the role just before Christmas, she thought time sharing might be unfair on the team.

“I’ll try my best to make it back for training most Thursdays, however, Lili Murphy and Keeley Bond are really good, and more senior girls will be helping when I’m not there,” she said.

Club president Sasha Parish said Denson was one of the best players throughout finals last year, just one of the reasons she appointed the youngest coach at the club in close to two decades.

“I believe she makes an ideal leader within the club, she’s been with us since juniors, she’s well respected and looked up to by players coming up to seniors,” she said.

“I wouldn’t have chosen her if I didn’t believe she could so the job 100 per cent.”

Parish herself is only 28, perhaps a sign of the youthful, modern direction the Tigers are heading in.

Preseason training kicked off at the club this week, with the Murray Netball League season starting on April 4.