Farrelly named as assistant coach for Queensland's U19s
NETBALL: Hervey Bay Netball's title- winning coach Kerrianne Farrelly will again suit up for state responsibilities.
Farrelly, a long-term coach at Bay Bullets Netball Club who this year steered two teams to dramatic premiership wins, has again been appointed as assistant coach for Queensland's under-19s.
She is the only coach to be retained from last season's U19s setup.
"It was a shock to get the nod,” Farrelly said. "I'm rapt. I knew this year we had an amazing number of people put up their hands for a role.”
Farrelly will work alongside former Firebirds and Australian Diamond Jo Morgan in the joint assistant coaching positions implemented next season.
Former Firebird and Fiji international Simone Nalatu will coach the side. A former coach and player of Queensland State Netball League side Sunshine Coast Lynx, she has coached the state's U17s teams for the past two years.
"I haven't worked directly with them before (in this capacity) but I know Jo through a number of clinics we've both been involved with,” Farrelly said.
"I was shocked to get recalled but I'm really excited about working alongside Simone and Jo.”
NQ's high performance manager Richard McInnes said the underage programs were restructured to ensure that people living outside the south east corner are not disadvantaged.
"Kerrianne is a great example of the success of that, as was Georgia Cox from Townsville and Rachel Faanana from Cairns, who with funding from Netball Queensland, were last year able to complete all training sessions with their respective state underage teams,” McInnes told NQ.
"It is really important to us that we ensure those players, coaches and umpires in regional centres that have the talent, also have the opportunities to pursue their dreams.”