Kearney takes one match at a time
WHILE Claws player Kate Kearney may have Saturday’s trip to Mackay at the back of her mind, she will be going flat out tonight at Jardine Park as club netball resumes after the Easter break.
The Bluebirds shooter goes into tonight’s A grade match as one of the key players in her team as it tries to dent the challenge of second-placed Colts.
First against second is always a good battle, and adding extra spice is the fact Bluebirds ended the Colts’ dream last season by beating them in the grand final.
Also with the weekend on her mind is Barbara Ahmat, the Bluebirds and Claws coach, but she is not unhappy that so many of the Capricorn Claws squad will be going up against one another in tonight’s clash.
“Basically they have to go out hard as they need to have that match play,” she said.
With teams having two weeks off over the Easter period, a solid hit-out is what the girls require before the trip to Mackay.
Bluebirds are keen to make it back-to-back titles and therefore winning games against opposition such as Colts is a priority.
The team goes into the contest without shooter Poppy Larson as she is away at a school tournament but Ahmat looks at that as being an opportunity for other promising players.
In the last match Tia Konui stepped from reserves to be named Rockhampton Leagues Club player of the day, this time it is the turn of centre court player Sheridan Walker.
Ahmat said competition rules had brought about her decision not to use Konui again this week but is confident Walker will step up to the mark.
The Bluebirds attacking circle will lack height tonight but the coach said the players will make up for that deficiency.
“We won’t have height but we will have speed and accuracy,” she predicted.
After making a solid start to the 2011 season Capricorn Coast Marlins need to win to stay in the top four.
It will not be easy as they face a Brothers Crimson team that has already shown it will be there when it comes to the finals.
Also it is the battle of Frenchville with the Brumbies and Mustangs going head-to-head. The Brumbies have the better form but there could be little in this one.
Angels Titans and RGS Magic are yet to win a game but tonight that will change when they meet.