Brown takes the reins as head coach Dent bows out
CENTRE court maestro Arnie Brown has taken over the reins at Regional Two outfit Marjon after the departure of head coach Karen Dent.
Dent, a former player for the city side, held the club together through relegation from Regional One last season.
The team is at present in the lower half of the Regional Two table, but a comfortable distance from its basement.
Dent, a rugged defender with Marjon in their Regional One days who has other netball interests, was appointed head coach after the departure of the highly-regarded Denise Ellis for Bath.
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Her playing career was effectively ended by an ankle injury for which she has been waiting for an operation.
Marjon team manager Donna Bristow said Dent had worked hard for the Marjon cause.
She said: "To be fair, she's put many hours into the club.
"But we have a senior coach in Arnie (Brown) and four other girls are taking their level two coaching."
Brown, an all-action player and captain of the youthful team, is a natural choice to coach the side.
The experienced centre-courter leads by example and has earned several rave reviews for her match performances this season, which she has combined with coaching the team during games.
Marjon, who are only 10 points off the promotion places despite being seventh in the Regional Two table, face rivals Carol Anne in North Devon today.
Marjon are just two places and two points behind their hosts, who defeated visitors Bournemouth 53-29 in their last match before the Christmas break.
Marjon's last outing was on December 1, when they lost 38-27 at division leaders Exeter.
They will want to reverse a home 34-28 loss to Carol Anne when teams met in September on the first day of the season.
Team manager Bristow conceded they faced a tough game in North Devon – but thought Marjon's fifth win of the season was on the cards.
Marjon have a series of squad injuries and will probably travel today with the minimum seven starters.
Bristow said: "In the last game (against Carol Anne), we only lost by six goals, so we will want to put our best foot forward.
"I think a win is achieveable, because our players tend to play better away, anyway."
Bristow added: "We're going to the match carrying more injuries – mostly ankles and knees.
"We've got three out with knee problems and two with ankle injuries."
Meanwhile, city side Plymouth Pilgrims, who are third, take on second-place Saints Cornwall at home tomorrow.
Pilgrims, who started the season worrying whether they had enough players, are just five points behind tomorrow's opponents and a further five shy of division leaders Team Jets.
Their last match before the break would have been against Hucclecote, had not the visitors conceded the game.
Their last game for real was back in November, when they beat Team Bath A 47-39.