14 Apr lions welcome new star
The Belmont Lions netball team has struggled in recent seasons to make headway on the court but their hardworking coach Courtney Leith has spent invested plenty of time and energy into attracting new talent into the club. A casual conversation at work unearthed a potential recruit and this week will see the debut of tall defender Emily Casey.
Emily started her netball career in underage teams at Leopold and then progressed to St Josephs in the GFL during her teenage years. She then moved to St Albans to play in their under 19 team before work took her to Melbourne. She continued playing in a more casual environment, but still quite a strong standard allowed her game to develop. Her return to Geelong led to a quiet chat in a gymnasium with Courtney and the commitment to join the Lions followed. Emily was impressed with the honesty presented about the current circumstances at the club, but also a very clear plan on how to fix things. The 180cm defender committed and will now take a key leadership role in a very new look Lions team.
Emily has been taken by the connection with the football and netball groups, even doing some combined training sessions with the boys. She has a very good feel about the off field social aspect being driven within the club and a determination to change some cultural issues that may have been affecting the performance of both groups representing the club on weekends. The changes won’t change the on court results immediately, but they will provide a foundation that will keep the young group together for many years to come. That attitude is consistent throughout the club, echoed by the senior football coach Nathan Bissett during a recent interview on the 2 Blokes Chatting Radio Show on 94.7 The Pulse.
The recently married recruit lives locally, but will continue to commute to work at Footscray with Victoria Police. This netball season is promising to be very even, as more quality players are attracted to the GDFNL. Emily Casey is one of these and her expected impact on the fortunes of the Belmont Lions will be eagerly anticipated.