Sport

Claws out for team spots

Brooke Mann (back) keeps a close watch on her marker during last year’s Ergon Energy Capricorn Academy at Tannum Sands High School.
Brooke Mann (back) keeps a close watch on her marker during last year’s Ergon Energy Capricorn Academy at Tannum Sands High School. Marcus Thomas

IT IS a weekend where all players will be looking to gain selection, but Capricorn Claws coach Barb Ahmat is keeping them guessing as to the make-up of her squad for the weekend's home matches.

There are no easy games in the State League and Ahmat is aware that neither of this weekend's opponents, Logan Wildcats and Golden South Jaguars, are a certain win for her team despite a good record against the pair.

"In the past we have had good wins against the Jaguars," she said.

"However, this year they could be the ones to look out for."

The players look forward to playing their netball in Rockhampton against quality opposition as it is an opportunity for family and friends to visit CQUniversity and watch the local girls in action.

Ahmat said the players were given Easter weekend off so they could freshen up in preparation for the big games.

"The girls have been training since November and that's why we thought they could have a break over Easter," she said.

However, Easter is finished and it's back to work tonight with Ahmat expecting the players to participate in some match play.

While she is not ready to name the squad for the two games, Ahmat did hint that defender Keanna Hopkins is ready to make a return after illness.

"She looks like she will be taking her place in the team but Danni Wingard will be there as back up," she said.

Also covering a position in the defensive circle is Brooke Mann who has stepped up this year after being a member of the Academy team in 2011.

"Brooke is coming along nicely," Ahmat said.

At the other end of the court, Ahmat had been completely satisfied with the way things were going.

However, when the Claws played in Brisbane shooters Amanda Goody and Kira-Lee Leo failed to produce the kind of shooting statistics that are designed to make a coach happy.

In the lead-up games to the season the stats for both players were up above the 80% mark, which is a sign of their accuracy.

Against the Cougars the pair slumped dramatically to record less than 60% but are expected to return to good form in front of home fans.

Ahmat is also happy with the players she has to fill the positions in mid-court with Carmen Anderson playing better netball than ever.

"Carmen is really standing out this year," she said. "I've coached her for five years and it's the best I've seen her play."

As always, Ahmat is looking forward to the weekend and the opposition the Claws will face.

"They will be fantastic games for spectators," she said.

Topics:  barb ahmat capricorn claws cq university netball



ROCKY'S CENTRELINK SHOCKER: 36% spike in welfare recipients

Rockhampton and Livingstone have recorded a 36% increase in welfare recipients.

Find out how many thousands are claiming welfare in our region

PREMIER'S VISIT: The projects exciting Rocky Region's business boss

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will be in Yeppoon next month.

Premier to outline economic vision in Yeppoon

FAMILY HEARTACHE: Community rallies as Angela faces final days

Rockhampton's Blair and Angela Grice and their young family.

Football clubs come together in harshest of times

Local Partners

Yeppoon in good form, winning two from two

Yeppoon is off to a winning start in the 2017 Classic Challenge.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

NITELIFE: Were you snapped out and about this weekend?

L-R Garry "Jonathan Hair” Smith and Isabella Higgins at the Ginger Mule. Photo Liam Fahey / Morning Bulletin

See who was out and about in Rockhampton over the weekend

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to the weekend

Check out the LEGO this week

Looking for something to do? There's plenty happening in the region

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

Amber Heard 'smitten' with Elon Musk

Amber Heard

ACTRESS is reportedly excited about going public with new boyfriend

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Designer home set in lush tropical gardens

This home has it all and more

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!