Passion scores lead honour for Angela



BILOELA netballer Angela Horn has never had any shortage of drive on and off the court.

This passion for the game scored Horn the captaincy honours in the North Queensland Steelcats team, the Townsville -based team preparing to make their debut in the Brisbane State League in two weeks' time.

Horn said it was a real honour and surprise to be named captain.

In Townsville yesterday for the team's launch Horn, a 25year-old goal shooter, was still amazed at the team's professional approach.

Joining Horn in the 15-player squad are fellow Central Queensland players Rockhampton's Erin Currie, Baralaba's Kate Bromley and Biloela's Bridget Alldridge.

The players are still vying for a start in the travelling 10 team which opens their campaign on April 22 in Brisbane against Darling Downs Panthers before playing the defending premiers, Cougars, on April 23.

Horn, and her fellow Central Queensland players, are still coming to terms with the training schedule.

The Steelcats flew the players to Townsville on Saturday where their training started with a one hour-plus sports psychology session talking about positive attitudes and how to overcome challenges.

Their pyschologist works with the North Queensland Cowboys, as does the Steelcats' massage therapist.

"It's all new to me to have such involvement with professionals outside of netball,'' Horn said.

"I'm really impressed with the job they're doing.''

These surprise elements are slightly helping numbing the pain from training.

During the season the Steelcats squad, which involves players from Biloela to Cairns, will play a curtainraiser game to the Queensland Firebirds Commonwealth Bank Trophy game in Townsville on July 14.



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