Teams from all over Queensland converged on Brisbane over the weekend for the first round of the premier netball competitions in the State, Queensland Champions Cup (QCC) and Mission Queensland State Netball League (MQSNL) kicking off at Cornubia.
With 200 players from 19 teams strapping on their netball shoes and hitting the courts across 17 weeks of competition, being governed by 30 umpires that is a lot of netball being played in Queensland.
Mission Queensland Firebirds Coach Roselee Jencke was on hand to officially launch the season and as a selector will also be on the look-out for talented players to include in the Australian Netball League Queensland Fusion squad.
“There are a lot of talented players out on the court today and I am looking forward to watching a lot of games and seeing if I can find any future Firebirds,” Jencke said.
The final Fusion team will be announced after round four of QCC and MQSNL, with all players under the microscope and having the opportunity to be included in the squad.
Along with up and coming stars like U19 national MVP and sharp shooter Cara Koenen, some former greats also hit the floor to show they still had what it takes to compete at this level.
Former Silver Fern goal defence , Sheryl Scanlan playing for Brisbane West Lions (QCC) and former Commonwealth Trophy and ANZ Championship players, Peta Stephens and Katie Walker lining up for Carina League Club Tigers (QCC) plus Joanne Morgan for Golden South Jags (QCC).
In the MQSNL, the Wide Bay Thundercats had a great start to the season registering their first win on Saturday in five years with a 35-23 victory over the Marlin Coast Marlins.
Coach Kerrianne Farrelly had called on her team to “bring it on the court” and they did just that in a big way.
“We have finally stopped the drought and the support from the community has been amazing,” an elated Farrelly said.
“They played awesome! We had a team focus, we know we are the oldest and the shortest in the league and we needed to play our game,” she said.
With seven new players in the team, including Libby Daniels who is travelling from Brisbane for weekly four hour training sessions in Gympie and Hervey Bay, Farrelly knew her team had to be ready for a physical encounter.
“The girls stuck to the team game plan and their individual focus and we needed to move the ball with three of four options and every girl did that,” Farrelly said.
Unfortunately for the Thundercats they could not repeat their amazing win against the Whitsunday Sharks the next day with the physically imposing Sharks taking out the match 42-18.
“We will learn from this and know that next time we face them we will know to hold our own and give it back and not be put off by the physical nature of the game,” Farrelly said.
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