Blend of experience, youth for Hawks

NORTHERN Hawks Netball Club has selected a mix of youth and experience in its 2014 open and 19 and under teams.

Coach Kellie Woolnough is excited and keen to complete a solid preseason in readiness for a bumper year. Woolnough is impressed with the versatility of her charges with all seven positions covered well with quality players.

Hawks opens have lost two players from last year's line-up and gained three quality players in Georgie Briggs, Claudia Maher and Sarah Lyons.

Briggs will play in the opens competition for the first time after making the move from across town.

Chelsea Coleman is heading into a third season with Hawks.

Coleman has been a formidable and consistent shooter with experience nationally through attending Netball Australia TID Camps and as a regular state representative.

Briggs, who is also an Australian-identified player and member of the TIS squad, will be an asset to Hawks attacking lineup.

"She will give us another strong option in goals alongside Coleman and 2013 Australian National 19 and under squad member Danni Pickett," Woolnough said.

Maher will return to the court for the Hawks as a dynamic defender after a year on the sidelines.

"Her defensive skills are well regarded and it will be great to see those skills on the court again for Hawks."

Maher will team up with a steadfast Steffi Grenda and Zoe Gough to complete a resilient defensive unit.

Grenda and Gough were a force to be reckoned with in 2013 and will look to consolidate their defensive establishment in 2014.

Lyons has returned to Tasmania after attending University in Bendigo for the past three years.

She is a speedy midcourter who will complement the Hawks centre court unit.

Lyons has previously played with fellow midcourt player Jade Woolnough in the 19 and under division and this will aid in their cohesion in attack.

Ashton Whiley has made a huge impact on the Hawks centre court over the past two years with her drive and tenacity in attack which adds great depth to an outstanding side.

The Hawks 19 and under team is also on a mission to be highly competitive in the eight-team competition.

Both teams headed to St Helens at the weekend for the Hawks annual preseason camp.

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