Pride wants to know why it was axed

BALLARAT Pride officials are seeking a meeting with Netball Victoria to discuss the club’s omission from the next three years of the Victorian Netball League.

The outcome of Netball Victoria’s major review of the VNL was re-released on Tuesday, with all nine clubs except Pride granted new licences.

Upon hearing the news it would not be re-licensed for seasons 2015-2017, Pride is yet to find out which specifics of the criteria it failed.

Federation University Ballarat Pride interim president Kaylene Trigg said yesterday that Netball Victoria was keen to hold a meeting to discuss the major review.

When asked if the club expected to be axed Trigg said “probably”.

“In saying that, we knew in the review that we were probably one of the only ones being looked at,” she said.

“It wasn’t totally unexpected but we don’t really know what the criteria is and we’re just waiting to see what the requirements were.”

The club is determined to right the ship and will set its sights on the now vacant licence, which it is eligible to apply for.

“We want to know what the areas that need addressing are,” Trigg said.

“We’re the only regional club in the VNL and it’s a huge commitment for the coaching staff and the players each week.

“The fact that it’s not a home and away season will be an issue that we will be bringing up in the meeting.”

Pride’s championship squad has won five games in five-and-a-half seasons of VNL but made a slight restructure to its recruiting department before this season in an attempt at improving on years gone by.

“We didn’t do anything in trying to get any more players in but we had a different group of people trying out,” Trigg said.

“(We need) not only a big-name player but a couple of big-bodied players as well.”


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