THIS Wednesday marks the start of the 2013 Queensland Champions Cup (formerly Holden Cruze Cup) with the Logan City Council Wildcats hosting Netball Queensland’s Elite Development Squad (EDS) at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre from 7pm.
The opening clash is the first of four Round 1 Queensland Champions Cup (QCC) matches however the only midweek fixture with three games to be played at Beenleigh Arena on Saturday, February 23.
The Logan City Council Wildcats will be searching for a vast improvement on their 2012 campaign when they finished bottom of the table after a winless season.
Coach Hilary Collins said there have been numerous changes to the playing roster in the off-season.
“We’re looking ok but we’ve got a couple of injuries so we’ll do the best that we can,” she said.
“We’ve lost a couple of players and we’ve brought a couple up from the Mission Queensland State Netball League but they’re working hard and that’s all I can ask.”
The Logan City Council Wildcats face a tough battle against an EDS team boasting some of the best rising netball talent in Queensland.
Coached by Tracey Jeanes-Fraser, the EDS is designed to act as a bridge for players to step up from Netball Queensland’s development pathways to the ANZ Championship level.
Regardless of performance during the season, the EDS cannot qualify for the finals and will possibly field a selection of fringe Mission Queensland Firebirds players depending on ANZ Championship scheduling.
Netball Queensland High Performance Manager Adam Abbott said the opportunity for the EDS to not only train but compete together as a team in the QCC could not be ignored.
“These are Queensland’s best young players being exposed to top level coaches and the best competition our state offers,” he said.
“Not only will they have the time to form combinations but they will also be able to draw on the experience of those Mission Queensland Firebirds who return to the QCC, dependent on their ANZ Championship season.”
Round 1 continues on Saturday, February 23 at Beenleigh Arena with the McDonald’s Steelcats taking on the might of premiers Carina Leagues Club Tigers at 3pm, before Brisbane West Lions play Suncoast Lynx and Golden South Jaguars clash with Kedron-Wavell Services Club Cougars at 5pm.