26 Sep 2008

Keenan admits Mystics need to build morale

5:44 pm on 26 September 2008

The newly appointed Northern Mystics coach Te Aroha Keenan freely admits she has plenty of work ahead of her if she's to turn the franchise's fortunes around in the trans Tasman netball competition next year.

The Mystics finished seventh in the inaugural competition this year amid claims coach Yvonne Willering, who was later sacked, and Keenan - her assistant - fell out.

The side also looked unfit and unable to cope with the physical demands of the new competition.

Keenan says she will need to build morale but doesn't have the baggage Willering may have had with the side.

Keenan takes over a side that has lost Silver Ferns Sheryl Scanlan to the Southern Steel and Paula Griffin to the Central Pulse, with Leana de Bruin expected to head back to the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.

But chief executive Mark Cameron says they've recruited eight of last season's 12 players and picked up Debbie White from the Steel.

And Cameron says having the former Silver Ferns centre Temepara George is a huge plus.