Claws coach looks forward to series

Capricorn Claws coach Barb Ahmat has been waiting for the start of the revamped State representative series, and now that moment has come.

On Saturday morning the girls make the bus trip to Mackay for the first competition game against Whitsunday that evening.

While confident in the ability of the Claws to do the job, Ahmat expects a vastly improved Whitsunday team from the one they trounced in Rockhampton in a trial game.

“I’m confident going into the game but we won’t be taking it easy.

“We will be full-on as goal average might count (in the end),” Ahmat said.

Even without a game being played Ahmat’s selections for the first couple of rounds of competition are very much on the finals.

“I am already looking at the eligibility of players for the finals,” she said.

Consequently only five of her players have been selected for both Mackay and the trip to Brisbane the following week.

“I am trying to mix experienced players and rookies,” she explained.

At Mackay two of her shooters, Poppy Larson and Jacinta James, will be missing and therefore Ahmat plans to move the adaptable Carmen Anderson into the circle to assist Kira-lee Leo.

Zoe Seibold will also play the two matches at Brisbane to ensure her eligibility as she misses a chunk of the representative program.

Larson misses Mackay as she will be playing in a big tournament for her school.

The Gladstone shooter has just returned to the Claws after representing Queensland in the under-17 national tournament.

“From what I saw of her she went quite well,” Ahmat said.

“Playing for the Claws she will gain more confidence.”

In the centre court Toni Robinson has been given an extra week to recover from shin splints and therefore won’t appear for the Claws until the Brisbane trip.



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