City aiming for series whitewash on Sunshine Coast

Nothing less than a whitewash will do for City when they take on Country in game three of their inaugural Queensland State Netball League (QSNL) series in Caloundra on Saturday.

Despite icing the series with a big victory in Townsville last weekend, Country showed their fighting spirit by drawing the second half after conceding a big start to their rivals.

City centre Emma Peacock said she expected Country to come out firing with pride on the line.

“We definitely want to win all three games and show the talent is very strong in the city competition,” she said.

“Country have been very strong defensively and really pushed us wide last week. We’ll really need to work the middle channels and get the ball down their end with less mistakes if we’re going to find success.

“City v Country is the best playing the best from both competitions. The Sunny Coast people are great supporters and we can’t wait to get out there.”

Country coach Margie Sugars said her team would cause serious problems for their rivals if they could start strong.

“Our team has found itself a bit shell-shocked during the opening exchanges over the past two games, but the fact we knuckled down and kept going is testament to our spirit and talent,” Sugars said.

“A win is definitely within our grasp. Over the past games, we would have been in the mix if the game was five or six quarters long. We’ve set the goal and we’ll do our best.

“The contests have been very physical. For us, it’s about toughening up and improving. City v Country will help us retain players and build that culture and pathway. Win or lose, netball is the winner – it will only give the girls more confidence.”

The City v Country kicks off from 5pm on Saturday 18 June at Caloundra Indoor Stadium. Tickets from $2 at the door for individuals. Team passes for 10 club players plus an official for $35.