Sovereigns open netball try-outs

BALLARAT’S new Victorian Netball League team Sovereigns expect to announce try-out dates later this week.

Sovereigns’ board of management will meet on Thursday for the first time since being admitted to the VNL.

Club administrator Jordan O’Keefe said this was the first opportunity to get all board members together.

He said setting try-out dates would be among the first items of business.

O’Keefe said all other VNL teams had already finalised try-out dates.

Geelong Cougars will be the first, with the first of its sessions on July 28.

VU Western Lightning has the latest completion date of September 21.

O’Keefe said a coaching structure and recruiting strategy would be other agenda items.

Sovereigns have already decided on a director of coaching and a head coach, but are yet to determine exactly how team coaching positions will structured.

O’Keefe said there would also discussion about the possibility of recruiting marquee players to bolster what would be primarily a Ballarat region-based list.

He said the Sovereigns’ successful application for the VNL licence left vacant by the exiting Ballarat Pride had emphasised that a focus would be on fostering home-grown talent.

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