Red Claws intent on squeezing out a win

By RACHAEL BORICH

THE faces of some of the Capricorn Red Claws open netball team members said it all on the weekend.

When the finals of the Regional State League arrive at Airlie Beach on August 20-21 Capricorn will settle for nothing else but a win over arch rivals Magnetic North.

If you thought netball was a non-contact sport ? think again. Capricorn suffered a 46-42 loss to Magnetic North in round two at Rockhampton's Central Queensland Community Sports Centre on the weekend ? the margin they lost by in the opening round in Townsville.

In a thrilling contest little more than two goals separated the teams throughout the physical battle with Capricorn clinging to a one-goal lead at both half-time and three-quarter time.

However, Magnetic North (Townsville) put on a four-goal burst with about six minutes remaining in the final quarter to set up their winning margin.

Capricorn goal defence Daniella Krauce, of Biloela, was locked in an enthralling battle with Magnetic North goal attack Melinda Pearson and no doubt these two players will resume the physical contest next month.

Over all, Capricorn once again pushed their title claims with wins over Wide Bay (52-28), QAS (49-18) and Whitsunday (67-35).

Capricorn coach Tracey Davis, of Gladstone, said her team played better in the second round.

"We know we lost the plot for a couple of minutes (against Magnetic North) and let them in front,'' Davis said.

"We lost that game points wise, but I said to the girls technically they (Capricorn) played much better ? it will really matter in the next round.''

The top three open teams are Magnetic North, Capricorn and Wide Bay while the top three 17 years teams are Magnetic North, Marlin Coast and Wide Bay.



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