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Foundation set for 2020 Beko Netball League

Northern Comets coach Kathy Henry already has one eye on her next Beko Netball League campaign but says her charges are out to finish this season on a high.

They are preparing to end their season on their home court at Pulman Arena on Sunday when they meet a team they know well, the Northern Marvels.

“We train against these Marvels girls all the time so we both know each other’s play pretty well,” Henry said. “It’s a game we look forward to but we’d definitely like to get that win.”

They are out of the running for the May 19 Grand Final in Christchurch but have been left wondering what might have been after finishing the season with a flurry.

The Comets, which are now sitting in joint third place, took time to find their feet in this year’s Beko Netball League, but have won their last two outings to see confidence soar.

Just four goals separated them in the loss to the Marvels last month and Henry has seen great strides take by her charges since then.

“Every week we know that win is up for grabs and we’ve worked hard to just try and cut out those lapses that we’ve had previously,” she said. “We’ve still got work to do but it’s been pleasing to see how hard the girls have been working towards that.”

The Comets have already seen midcourter Nadia Loveday pulled in to ANZ Premiership action this season and eyeing up contracts for next season must be on the mind of those playing in the final rounds of the Beko League.

“That’s what this league is about, developing our players so that they’re pushing to take that next step and as a coach it is really satisfying to see that,” Henry said.

With just one game left in 2019, the Comets coach has started to think about the next campaign and building on from their performances in the second half of the season.

“I’m really looking forward to next year already and working from the foundation that we’ve set with this group,” she said. “I’ve seen the improvement with their strength and conditioning, and we’ve just been able to move on from there.”

Learning how to win and the confidence that comes with it has been key in their recent results, something that the coach wants her charges to take into their final game and beyond.