Cyclones forward Chloe Morrow, 17, suits up for tonight’s QBL women’s match against the Townsville Flames at Hegvold Stadium.
Cyclones forward Chloe Morrow, 17, suits up for tonight’s QBL women’s match against the Townsville Flames at Hegvold Stadium. Allan Reinikka

Morrow toughs out rough stuff

CHLOE Morrow might not be suiting up for the Hog’s Breath Cyclones tonight had she not been the tenacious character she is.

Morrow, now 17, got her first taste of basketball as a 12-year-old and the former netballer admits she wasn’t too impressed.

“I didn’t like it at first. I used to play netball and I thought basketball was a bit rough,” Morrow said with a laugh.

However, the Queensland under-18 co-captain stuck it out and has been a revelation for Cyclones coach Peter Trenerry ever since.

Morrow suits up for her fifth starting berth of the season tonight against Townsville Flames at Rockhampton’s Hegvold Stadium.

Morrow made a number of appearances off the bench in 2010, before forcing her way into Trenerry’s starting five alongside WNBL stars Tegan Cunningham, Nicole Romeo and Biancia Abbott for the start of the 2011 season.

“She showed enough for me in the pre-season to start this season,” Trenerry said.

“Chloe was training really well and at the moment she’s doing everything I’m asking of her.”

Morrow, who was initially surprised by her promotion to the starting line-up said she had to adjust her approach to matches.

“It’s a lot more intense at the start and you’ve got to be ready to go when you’re starting,” she said.

“When you’re on the bench you get the time to watch and get a ‘feel’ for the game, but there’s no time to do that when you’re starting.

“I’m starting to get used to that.”

Trenerry said he was pleased with Morrow’s contribution to the side and her understanding of her role in the opening four matches of the season.

“We don’t need her to score 20 points a game. We’ve got players that can do that,” Trenerry said.

“I need her to rebound the ball and be aggressive on the boards and she’s doing that.”

The Cyclones have started with a mixed bag with two wins and two losses from their four QBL women’s matches this season.

Tonight they have a great opportunity of recording a win against Townsville after the northerners suffered a 29-point loss at home to Mackay last weekend.

Rockhampton QBL

Round 4

Tonight, Hegvold Stadium

Cyclones v Townsville – 6pm

Rockets v Townsville – 8pm



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