Redclaws march on towards state final
? A NASTY head injury to star centre Toni Easton was the only setback for the rampant Capricorn Redclaws as they blazed through to the final of the Regional State Netball League with three wins at the weekend.
While the Redclaws were too strong for both Magnetic North and the Whitsundays, they did have to pull out everything to beat an aggressive QAS by 41-39.
Redclaws' shooter Tanya Flamank said once again the match against the QAS side was very physical.
The experienced Flamank said the approach of the QAS team makes playing them very tough.
"Toni got an elbow in the mouth,'' she said.
Easton was treated at hospital for a cut to her lip and missed much of the QAS match, which was a major blow for the side as she was one of the standout players for Redclaws during the weekend.
"It was a very physical encounter,'' Flamank said. "They (QAS) were getting pulled up for contact but they really should show more control.''
When the teams met in Townsville, the QAS team triumphed by eight goals in another rugged match but this time Flamank said the Redclaws knew to expect a tough encounter.
"I think we played with a bit more control, we just remained steady,'' she said. "Rachael Borich (goal attack) had a really good game bringing the ball down court.'' Two younger players to catch the eye were Alysha Kuhl and Keanna Hopkins, who had also played exceptionally well in round one of the competition.
The weekend's results mean the Capricornia Redclaws now travel to Mackay over the weekend of August 26-27 and play the final against arch rival QAS in what should be another physical contest.
Travelling with the team to Mackay will be the under-17 squad which earned a place in the final after winning all three matches this weekend.
This was a great turnaround for the Capricornia side as it lost two of its games at Townsville.