Runners-up look to go one better after grand final loss

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Kayla Thomas will be a key player this season for Panthers.
Camera IconKayla Thomas will be a key player this season for Panthers. Credit: Laurie Benson

Last year’s women’s A-grade runners-up Panthers will look to go even further after they start their season on Tuesday night against newcomers Crystal Blues.

Panthers finished last season on top of the table, losing just one game before being defeated by Magpies in the grand final.

Panthers have lost Tully Lane, Nina Smith and Savannah Hill but will gain Sheridan Kowald, Casey Greay and Maddie Dallimore.

Coach David Arthur said his side wanted another grand final.

“It’s always nice to go one further but to be competitive is our main goal,” he said.

“Competition looks a little tougher this year but with mostly the same team as last season we are going to try our best to make it to the grand final again.”

Team chemistry will be key if Panthers are to be contenders.

“Having gained Greay as our tall, also Kowald who can play both inside and outside the paint, will be an added bonus,” Arthur said. “Dallimore’s arrival will be a great help in our ball-carrying departments.

“The players from last year will keep our core structure strong and very reliable as always.”

Panthers squad: Casey Greay, Aleesha Narkle, Kayla Thomas, Ella Scamozzi , Darcy Kerr, Sheridan Kowald, Maddie Dallimore

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