Queensland Netball’s talent pool is running deep after all three Queensland State teams posted convincing wins in preparation matches the upcoming National Championships.
As a curtain raiser to the pre-season match between the Mission Queensland Firebirds and the NSW Swifts, the U17, U19 and U21 state teams showed superior form with standout performances from key players in all squads.
The U17 Queensland State team defeated the Lions, 31-21 and Coach Amanda Vanderwal said she was more than happy with how the girls performed on the court.
“We are now moving into a phase of refining on-court team movements and combinations, so Sunday’s game was a great opportunity to see where improvements need to be made.” Vanderwal said.
Vanderwal praised stand out players Annabella Sorby, Vinnian Hunt and talented goal shooter Clare Frost, a relatively new competitor to the sport but who showed a big improvement.
“Clare is perfect for the game especially with her height standing at 198cm tall,” Vanderwal said.
Queensland’s U19 State team clocked the biggest defeat of the day out performing St George Div 2/3, 62-11.
Coach Christina Voge said the girls didn’t let up for the four quarters and she took the opportunity to try different combinations and play the entire team.
“I am really pleased with improvement and how the team is coming together and our shooters did really well with all shooting in the high 80 percent,” Vogue said.
Vogue said she was really happy with the team’s national preparations and despite the convincing win, the team still has a lot more they want to achieve in the next six weeks lead-up to the Australian competition in Victoria.
“We went into the match not worrying about the opposition and focussed on what we needed to do as a team. We concentrated on everything we’ve been doing since December – team and strategy-wise and the girls didn’t let up for the 4 quarters,” she said.
The U21 Queensland State team also cleaned up the competition, defeating St George 41-32. Coach Jenny Brazel said the win was a great result with the girls keeping up their defence.
“I thought it was a really good team effort across the board and we’ve been working on much tighter one-on-one defence,” Brazel said.
Defence wasn’t the teams’ only advantage with goal attack Beryl Friday putting up 19 attempts in the third quarter.
Brazel has also chosen her captaincy group for the National Netball Championships with wing defense Madeline McAuliffe announced as captain, supported by Beryl Friday and Madeleine Walsh as Co-Vice Captain.
To top off a great netball weekend Brazel has been appointed to the U17 National Selection panel for the third year in a row, while Paula Stuart will be on the national selection panel for 19U Australian squad selections.
U21 National Championships will be held in South Australia from March 10-16.
U17 and U19 National Championships will be held in Victoria from April 7-13.