Juanita Hill, Capricorn Claws, takes the ball ahead of J.Tranter, her Brisbane Lions opponent. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury
Juanita Hill, Capricorn Claws, takes the ball ahead of J.Tranter, her Brisbane Lions opponent. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury Peter Holt

Captain leads by example as team win 10 of 13 matches so far

CLAWS captain Keanna Hopkins claimed consecutive player of the match honours as the Claws wrapped up Week 10 with mixed results.

And deservedly so said teammate and Rockhampton Leagues Club Capricorn Claws goalshooter Juanita Hill.

Hill has claimed three player of the match awards in 2014 - her first season in the Mission Queensland State Netball League - but believed her captain had been the team's standout on a regular basis.

The one-time competition leaders opened their Week 10 campaign with a 46-38 win over Logan Wildcats on Saturday night in Mackay.

The Claws led by one heading into half-time before extending their lead during the third period.

Outscoring their opponents 8-6 in the third quarter, the Claws entered the final period leading 36-29 in a low scoring affair before finishing off the Wildcats.

Hopkins, playing at goal defence, starred for the Claws - just like she does every week, says goal shooter Juanita Hill.

"She just played her normal game and got recognised for it," Hill said.

"She's awesome all the time - it's well deserved. She always plays well and really should get recognised more."

Hill's three has her leading the way in terms of player of the match honours.

She's followed by fellow goalshooter Kira-Lee Leo, Hopkins and WD Shanita Smith, who each have been judged the Claws' best on two occasions.

STATE NETBALL LEAGUE

WEEK 10

Capricorn Claws 46 def Logan Wildcats 38 at Mackay

Brisbane West Lions 54 def Capricorn Claws 47 at Mackay

Goal attack Kate Lang collected the team's first in 2014 in the Claws' Round 1 71-27 over Darling Downs, while GA Tia Konui was the Claws' star last weekend.

The only centre court player to receive the award is Elizabeth Egerton, who was the Claws' standout in their 58-31 win over Wide Bay Thundercats last month.

"It just seems to be that opposition teams (who select the player of the match) seem to pick attacking players and don't seem to notice the work of the defenders," Hill said.

"But we definitely notice what they do."

Heading into the penultimate weekend of the regular season, the Claws remain in touch with the leaders after winning 10 of their opening 13 matches.

They host Whitsunday Sharks in Week 11 of the SNL on Saturday night at CQUniversity.

The Claws were comfortable 46-30 winners over the Sharks in their third match of the season.



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