Bec Young hopes the Mindaribba Sisters can harness the spirit that saw them crowned champions in 2012 when they start their NSW Aboriginal Knockout campaign on Friday.
Australian representative Bec Young is at the helm of the Mindaribba Sisters NSW Aboriginal Knockout team this year after playing for the team in 2012 when she was named player of the tournament.
Young, who captained that 2012 team and was named player of the tournament, will coach the Sisters this year, along with husband and Maitland Pickers women’s coach Mick Young.
There will be a strong Pickers flavour in the Sisters team, with 12 of the 25-strong squad playing in the Sydney Metropolitan Women’s Competition with Maitland.
Young’s sister-in-law Julie is out this year, but her other sister-in-law, Emma, will be joined by a host of regular Pickers including Eunice Grimes, Candice Clay and Lily Garvey.
The Sisters have developed a strong rivalry with Sydney Metro adversaries Redfern and 2013 champions the Newcastle Yowies.
Young said Mindaribba had only one aim for the tournament.
“We’re there to win it, that’s what we’re hoping,” she said.
“We’ve got the same core of players in the squad which we’ve had for the last three years.
“The girls who weren’t with the Pickers we got them along to training with us so they’ve got that fitness base and know our structures.
“They picked it up really well and that will be one of our strengths if we play to those structures in attack.”
The Mindaribba Warriors begin their tilt at the men’s’ title on Saturday.
The Warriors won the competition in 2011 but have lost the last two deciders to Newcastle, including last year’s heartbreaking loss in golden-point extra time.
Greta Branxton’s group 21 premiership-winning coach Ron Griffiths will again lead Mindaribba in the annual competition.
The first three days of the competition at Raymond Terrace’s Lakeside Sporting Complex are the knockout stages with the finals to be played on Monday.
See Monday’s Mercury for a preview of Monday’s finals.
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