Netballers keen for Townsville
FOR many of the girls on court at Jardine Park tonight it will be a case of concentrating on their club game, but with the Claws trip to Townsville at the weekend firmly in the back of their minds.
All four games will be expected to go with the form book but at this stage of the Rockhampton Leagues Club A grade season some of the teams that have performed poorly might start to improve.
One such team is Frenchville Mustangs but coach, Bluebirds Hawks’ Barb Ahmat, is hoping that improvement is not evident tonight.
Nevertheless she admits she is a little wary.
“They beat Angels by a goal last week and we only just beat them,” she said. “You can’t take any team lightly.”
Mustangs have not enjoyed the best of seasons so far but the team has a number of talented performers including the experienced Rachael McDonald.
The inclusion of McDonald in the shooters circle could cause Bluebirds a few headaches as in-form Claws defender Danielle Wingard is in doubt after injuring an ankle in a collision late in last week’s game.
Ahmat said she still has Mikaela King and Kelsey Hitchman to cover for Wingard and that should be enough to snuff out the Mustangs threat.
The Bluebirds coach admits she is looking forward to seeing how the Mustangs are progressing and in particular Bianca Butler.
“Bianca is a fast little centre court player,” she said, “she was one of the players invited to train with the Claws.”
Butler trialled for a place in the 2011 Claws squad and did enough to suggest she is a player who is capable of gaining a position in future years.
Angels came within a whisker of victory against Mustangs but tonight step on court against the Brumbies.
Currently the Brumbies hold the upper hand over Cap Coast Marlins for the fourth finals spot but need to win games like this one, especially as the Marlins are facing an uphill battle when they play Colts tonight.
Colts is the team to beat this year and if Marlins do win, it will be the shock result of the season.
In the other match the powerful Brothers Crimson should give RGS Magic a torrid time.
A GRADE MATCHES
Rockhampton Leagues Club Senior A Grade Competition
6.15pm: - Court 4: Angels Titans v Frenchville Brumbies
Court 5:- Brothers Crimson v RGS Magic
7.35pm: - Court 4: Colts v Cap Coast Marlins
Court 5:- Frenchville Mustangs v Bluebirds Hawks