Angels recruit Madi, 16, who is ready to earn her wings
IT'LL take a titanic effort but new-recruit Madi Dean is cut out for the challenge.
After impressing on court, Dean was named in Angels Titans coach Simone Hitchcock's squad for the 2015 Rockhampton Leagues Club Senior A season.
It's the 16-year-old's first preseason with the club after being drafted from the Frenchville Junior A development squad last year.
The Rockhampton Grammar School student will primarily operate as a wing-attack, but under the watch of new coach Hitchcock, she's excited about finding herself in unfamiliar territory.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back out there and playing," Dean said.
"We have been doing lots of training and personally I am going well.
"My fitness is definitely up from previous years."
Dean was keen to try her hand at the top grade as the Angels Titans prepared to face Brothers Fuchsia in the opening round of the Rockhampton A-grade competition tonight.
"I'm more excited than nervous," she said.
"In the off season, I didn't do too much netball-specific training, but did some long-distance running which will help with my match fitness."
The Titans debutant was excited to open her Angels account and was confident her side could steal a Round 1 win.
"I think we are pretty well prepared. We have been doing pre-season for a while now and really focusing on strengthening our plays," she said.
The Titans team have added Dean and Shannon Hopkins to their 2015 campaign and there's a new-look defensive outfit in Lockie Wills and Philippa Stockall.
"We have a couple of new combinations we are trying out this year," Hitchcock said.
"It will be good to see how well they gel together."
SENIOR A NETBALLROUND 1
6.50pm - (Court 2) Cap Coast Marlins v Bluebirds Hawks, (Court 3) Brothers Fuchsia v Angels Titans
8.10pm - (Court 1) Colts Divas v Bluebirds Eagles, (Court 2) Frenchville Vipers v Frenchville Brumbies, (Court 3) RGS Magic v Brothers Crimson