Gladstone product Ella Lawrie in action.
Gladstone product Ella Lawrie in action. Contributed

Claws continue unbeaten run defeating Whitsunday Sharks

THE Rockhampton Leagues Club Capricorn Claws team has continued its unbeaten run in the Mission Queensland State Netball League after a 46-30 win over the Whitsunday Sharks at Rockhampton's CQ University on Saturday night.

The Claws led from start to finish, but were forced to work hard for the win.

Leading 13-10 at quarter time the Claws extended their lead to 7 goals at half time (25-18).

Claws coach Barb Ahmat made positional changes at half time bringing Emma Walsh into goal defence to replace Claws captain Keanna Hopkins, while Juanita Hill entered the shooting end and Simone Forbes came on at centre.

By three quarter time the Claws were controlling the play leading 36-24 before finishing strongly in the final quarter.

Claws Goal Keeper Rebecca Thompson was named the Rockhampton Leagues Club player of the game.

It has been the perfect start for the Claws this season with three wins from three outings.

Claws coach Barb Ahmat said Whitsunday did their homework on the Claws before this game, particularly on their defence.

However, Ahmat said her team still knew, that even though they made some errors, they talked about how to reduce those errors and wanted to bring the game home.

Thompson's timing in defence was a highlight of her game while shooter Juanita Hill showed she continues to work on variety on her game. In the centre Ella Lawrie once again showed her enthusiasm running the court while Forbes' injection into the game at half time provided camness and strategy in the centre court.

Moura-based Forbes is a former Queensland women's soccer representative and national Futsal player.

Ahmat also praised the 450-strong crowd for coming out to support the team - their biggest ever home crowd.

"The girls feel a sense of responsibility when the crowd show up and support them like that,'' Ahmat said.

"It's brilliant getting the support from our home crowd and our sponsors."

Ahmat said her team still has a few things to work on for upcoming games against Darling Downs and Wide Bay in Hervey Bay on 24-25 May.

"We still need to work on our flow down the court and getting the ball onto the circle the smart way. We also have to respect the defence of every opposition,'' Ahmat said.

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