Claw captain puts team spot on hold

THERE was a noticeable absentee from the Capricorn Claws 2011 squad trialling in Rockhampton earlier this month.

Former Claws captain and Blackwater netballer Kahlee Saunders has decided to take a break from state representation after 10 years playing in the competition.

It’s a decision she didn’t come to lightly but for her it was one she considered necessary to ensure her work and sport balance was kept in check.

After spending many weekends on the road with netball it was a choice she thought was better made sooner rather than later.

“As you move forward you have to prioritise… playing netball in Central Queensland is different, there is a lot of time being away,” she said.

“There was just a little too much travel.

“Previously I could afford the time and energy but now I’ve just a little too much on so I made the decision to give it a break.”

Talks with Claws coach Barb Ahmat have been fairly liberal and with positions still vacant in this season’s squad, the option remains for Saunders to return.

“She (Ahmat) has been pretty open about it, she said if I wanted to go back there was always a position there for me.

“But I couldn’t walk in on the girls and the team mid-way through the season, it wouldn’t be fair on them.

“I can’t say I wasn’t tempted, especially when I heard they were short on defenders.

“But it’s definitely not all over red-rover for my playing career, just not at this time.”

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