COOLAMON co-coach Mark Carroll is confident the growth of the club's youngsters will ensure they can leap up the ladder next year.
The Hoppers were many pundits' tip for the Riverina League premiership, but a flat patch in the middle of the season meant they finished fourth on the table.
Coolamon has signed young utility Bailey Wood from Leeton-Whitton, but aside from that Carroll doesn't envisage many changes to next year's squad.
The group is determined to stay together after the club didn't participate in 2020, and were denied a chance to play finals this season.
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The loss of gun midfielders Luke Redfern and Nick Pleming was another obstacle, and Carroll said the group will be well placed to elevate in his second season alongside co-coach Jake Barrett.
Barrett added to his Riverina League player of the year award by being crowned Coolamon's Ian Gillett medallist on Saturday night, ahead of Marshal Macauley and joint Jim Quinn medallist Jeremy Maslin.
"Luke Redfern and Nick Pleming were very good players and we had six to eight new players come into the team from 2019 after the club didn't play last year," Carroll said.
"We used 38 players in first grade overall and the season was great to give guys opportunities. I think we'll get our improvement from the younger guys."
Coolamon's netball best and fairest was won by Claudia McKimmie, with Sarah Hopper runner-up.
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