City v Country series captures imagination of fans

The annual City v Country representative series was a hit with fans as City swept to a 3-0 victory in three tightly contested games.

A packed house witnessed City’s hard-fought game two victory over Country on Saturday night, with a sea of associations making the trip from the Nissan State Age Championship to get behind their side.

City coach Rebecca Stower said the support showed the potential of the concept, which is in its second year.

“It’s a brilliant concept. It’s a series and you want to win it, but there’s a much bigger picture there for all the kids,” Stower said.

“Saturday night was really the icing on the cake. The country associations came out and supported it – Hervey Bay, Cairns, Kingaroy, the list goes on. It was fantastic for the country girls and shows those players what they can achieve and where the pathway can take them.

“It was a development opportunity and they all relished the chance to play with one another, because they all come from different (Samsung QSNL) teams. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the girls playing and those watching on from the stands.”

Despite a series sweep, Stower said her side were pushed all the way by a determined Country outfit who would take a lot of confidence into future series.

“Our wins didn’t come easy by any means. I suppose what really worked in their favour is that they had five players from Marlins and five players from Steelcats,” she said.

“They had that cohesion. I thought they really stood up and showed true Country spirit, fight and hunger. They pushed for the whole 60 minutes of the game.

“We talked about our goals prior to the series and as a coach I had no idea what the best working combinations would be. The girls really got out there and played really hard. We made changes and got all 12 girls out on court, which was one of the things we wanted to do as a group.

“The girls really enjoyed one another’s company and really wanted to play netball. After a long QSNL season, we could all take a breath and enjoy the experience.”

City v Country is an annual representative series contested between Samsung (QSNL) Division 2 players from the City and Country divisions, with the starting sevens voted on by QSNL coaches and substitutes picked by team coaching staff.