MANGOPLAH-Cookardina United-Eastlakes gun Mikaela Cole is confident a new-look Goannas have what it takes to defend their Riverina League premiership as she prepares for a new role this season.
Cole has been a mainstay of MCUE's centre court, but will take up a shooting role this year after the departure of Katie Caller.
Cole will partner highly-rated youngster Sophie Fawns in the shooting semi-circle, who is expected to play most games as she juggles training commitments with the Sydney Swifts Academy.
Veteran Rachael Addison will provide a steady head in centre court, alongside last year's first grade rookies Phoebe and Claire Wallace.
The team returned to training on the weekend, with Cole relieved to be back.
""It's great to be back on the court. Everyone was really excited, it's so different being able to do some netball fitness instead of just your own fitness at home," the 19-year-old said.
"If anything we're stronger this year and more experienced because the young girls have got that premiership under their belt and will have a bit more confidence.
"'I'm looking at transitioning back into shooting this year and it's been a while, I haven't done it since I was in school.
"There's a bit of added pressure and having to practice a bit more."
Cole reiterated coach Marie Hope's calls last week for the Riverina League to avoid following the Hume League by not playing for a flag.
"It gives everyone a bit more motivation and everyone's competitive," she said.
"There was a bit of talk about it (Hume League's decision) and we were concerned, but it sounds like our league is pretty keen for a premiership."