Elliot confident CQ Mudturtles team will deliver in Brisbane
CENTRAL Queensland Mudturtles duo Minka Elliot and Ainslee Deeth are confident their team can deliver at the Super League Championships in Brisbane.
The Wanderers enforcers will join Rockhampton representatives Andrea Farrow, Rhiannon Baxter, Jacinta Johns and Jordan Edwards in the Mudturtles squad to play the Southcoast Sharks in the opening round tomorrow morning.
"We are really looking forward to this year. We have a few new players coming into the team and bringing a bit of experience so it should be a good tournament," Elliot said.
"We have a really good coverage across the pitch with core seven or eight players," she said.
A mid-field striker, Elliot believed the addition of Farrow and Johns would help add direction on field.
"It's going to be a bit different because we had a few late withdrawals, so there are a couple of new girls coming in from the draft that we don't know too well," she said.
"But bringing Andrea and Jacinta into the side will help add a bit of experience for us."
Seventeen-year-old Deeth, who has been a regular in the Mudturtles team for the past three years, prides herself on starting strong, with tomorrow's opening rounds being no exception.
"Usually it takes us two or three games to find our feet but I think our main goal this weekend should be coming out strong early in the tournament," she said.
"We will be focusing on doing the basics really well and hopefully the wins will come."
Elliot agreed firming the team's communication would play a pivotal role in their success.
"Because we do have so many new faces in the team it will be really important to have our communication consistent through all of our lines," she said.
The Central Queensland team, made up of players from Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone, was looking to improve its bottom-of-the-table status after an unlucky start in 2014.
"All of our games were really close. I think we lost our last game by one," Elliot said.
"It's a really strong competition and we know there will be no easy games," she said.
Nathan Christensen is one of 11 Rockhampton men representing Central Queensland at the three-day tournament.
"We made the finals two years ago, so I'm confident we can level up to the strong competition," Christensen said.
CQ Mudturtles Women: Andrea Farrow, Rhiannon Baxter, Jacinta Johns, Minka Elliot, Ainslee Deeth and Jordan Edwards
CQ Mudturtles Men: Nathan Christensen, Dylan Elliot, Deyonte Fraser, Jarrod Bass, Matt Olive, Douglas Buckley, Ashley Hennegan, Tom Madden, Clinton McKay, Aaron Thompson, Jackson Willie