The ties that bind Bluebirds playmakers
NETBALL flair is a trait Bluebirds Eagles' Taylah Cox has clearly inherited from her mother.
Danielle Wingard dominated as Capricorn Claws' vice-captain, leading the state league representative side into the finals series in 2011.
Similarly, 13-year-old Cox has debuted in the Rockhampton Leagues Club Senior A this season as well as earning an invite to the next Queensland Academy camp in July.
The Bluebirds' floating-junior lined up at goal-shooter for the Eagles last week, netting 42 goals in her side's 62-42 win over Colts.
"Taylah comes up as our developing junior and is working really well in the attacking circle for us," Bluebirds' coach Barb Ahmat said.
"She comes from good stocks, with mum Danielle being a dominant Bluebirds' defender and Claws' representative.
"Taylah is awesome; it's funny how she chose the opposite end of the court to her mum."
Cox's height isn't her only advantage, with her natural attacking instincts helping her break into space.
"It's great to have such young talent coming through our ranks and we will continue trying to help Taylah prepare for more representative netball opportunities," Ahmat said.
"Playing in Senior A allows her to test herself against faster balls and attack against more experienced players."
But Cox isn't the only Eagles Senior A debutant to earn praise from Ahmat this season, with the new-look side welcoming a wealth of former A-res players.
"The girls have all fought so hard to earn their position and as a result they are starting to gel and win games," she said.
"They lost against Colts by 10 the first time they played them and to turn that margin around to a 20-goal lead is a big difference."
Tonight the Eagles team is set to face RGS Magic that defeated them early in the program 63-35.
"I'm really interested to see how they go this week. The girls are coming off a couple of strong wins," Ahmat said.
The mid-court pressure from the Eagles is crucial in upsetting the Magic movement and keeping feeders off the edge of the goal circle. But while the sixth-placed side is expected to rack up big numbers, it also leaks a few goals and Bluebirds' attack end, especially Cox and goal-attack Alice Maguire, must take advantage.
"We've been really strong all through the court in recent weeks so we need to continue to pull together to secure the win," Ahmat said.
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