ONE WIN AWAY: Capricorn Claws captain and former Blackwater netballer Kahlee Saunders hopes to take her team all the way in the Queensland Tier 2 State competition. cont
ONE WIN AWAY: Capricorn Claws captain and former Blackwater netballer Kahlee Saunders hopes to take her team all the way in the Queensland Tier 2 State competition. cont

Can Claws go all the way?

CAPRICORN Claws are sitting one win away from their first grand final appearance in the Queensland Tier 2 State competition after scoring back-to-back wins in the elimination and semi-finals in Brisbane at the weekend.

In Saturday’s elimination final the Claws defeated Brisbane Souths Wildcats 51-34, despite some early psych-out attempts by the Wildcats.

“They had the rugby hit-pads out in the warm-up and were tackling each other, trying to throw us off our game,” said Claws captain and former Blackwater netballer Kahlee Saunders.

“Our shooters copped a fair bit of body contact, but held strong.”

On Sunday the Claws hit the courts for the second final in as many days, defeating Carina Tigers 40-37.

Kahlee said the players had strengthened their mental toughness during training, and this proved the difference.

“In the past few games we got a bit frantic so this time we made sure we didn’t get stressed out, playing with a more relaxed attitude,” she said.

“No-one down south was expecting us to win and now this is the furthest any country team has got before.”

The Claws now face Suncoast Lynx in Brisbane for this weekend’s preliminary final.

During their last encounter Lynx got the better of the Claws 52-32 in the opening round of the competition.

The Claws, however, have been studying hard, confident they have ironed out all the creases in preparation for the Lynx clash on July 24.


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