Phillip Island A Grade coach Kate Steel has been appointed coach of the Alex Scott and Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition’s open netball representative team.
Steel, who returns to the court this year following time off to start a family, takes over the job from Christie Hillberg and, like her predecessor, boasts high credentials as a player and coach.
As a junior, Steel played State League for Peninsula and State Championships for Two Bays before moving away for her studies and has been a key player in previous Alberton Football Netball League representative teams, including the all-conquering 2014 side that took out the Eastern Regional State League Championship, Association Championships and Champions Challenge.
Steel has previous experience coaching Casey at squad level and has overseen Phillip Island’s A Grade side since 2016, leading her team to finals both years and narrowly missing out on a grand final berth last year.
As a secondary school teacher, Steel has also been involved in coaching netball within her school for the past nine years.
Steel’s first assignment will be the annual Worksafe Community Championships clash on May 19, with West Gippsland drawn against Maryborough Castlemaine and District Football Netball League.
Jo Wilson, Tammy Bertone and Jenny McRae have been reappointed as coaches of the competition’s 13-and-under, 15-and-under and 17-and-under sides respectively.
All three junior sides are expected to line up at Netball Victoria’s Eastern Zone Association Championships on May 20, with the 17-and-under side and potentially the open team in for a big weekend backing up from Saturday’s Community Championships matches.