Despite flood disruptions, Capricorn Claws’ prep going well

Claws Keanna Hopkins tries to block a shot at goal. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Claws Keanna Hopkins tries to block a shot at goal. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

NETBALL: Despite flood disruptions, preparations are ticking along nicely for the Capricorn Claws.

In a month's time, the Claws will hit the court for the first matches of their 2013 Mission Queensland State Netball League campaign.

Claws' coach Barb Ahmat will send her most experienced team to Brisbane for the team's first two games over the weekend of March 9-10, against heavyweights Brisbane West Lions and Carina Leagues Club Tigers.

"Brooke Mann from Longreach is unfortunately unavailable, so one of the newbies will get an opportunity to play and while we will be trying to blood our new players we need to be on our game as some of the games are very tight with only a goal in it," Ahmat said.

The Claws played two preseason games in Mackay last month, beating Whitsunday and going down to Magnetic North.

They were scheduled to play two fixtures this weekend in Rockhampton against Wide Bay and Whitsunday but both teams cancelled.

"Whitsunday are being sponsored by their council, and they had to be at a meeting with them this weekend while Wide Bay couldn't make it because of the floods - they had a lot of other things on their minds," the coach said.

However, the Claws have organised a game against Rockhampton A-grade on Sunday in an effort to clock up as much match play as possible while testing team strategies.

The team had only just regrouped after the Christmas break before flooding disrupted their training regime with several players unable to get to training.

"At the moment we are trying to re-gather and get back into routine . . . also this close to the start of the competition we are trying to hunker down as a team and not travel so much as we have a lot of travelling ahead of us," Ahmat said.

The coach recently named the Claws' leadership group to give the youthful side more direction which included new skipper Keanna Hopkins along with fellow experienced senior players Lizzy Egerton and former captain Carmen Anderson.

Life for players will get hectic when club netball starts mid-February with the amount of training and games increasing substantially.

"I think we are a bit better prepared this time around and rather than having a big break after last season, we started training in October," Ahmat said.

"The team should be quite fit and ready to cope with the amount of netball."



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