Netballers do Emerald proud

EMERALD netballers continued to impress at Rockhampton's annual Sullivan's Carnival at the weekend, winning three divisions and as runners-up in a fourth.

In the largest local contingent to attend the carnival for some time, Emerald was represented by 10 teams in eight divisions at the event, which this year attracted 99 teams from the region.

In the juniors, Mystics 14-years took out the Junior D division while the Claws 12-years put in a strong team performance to win the Junior G trophy.

The young Divas nine to 10-years scored a clean-sweep of their weekend's games to win the Junior J division, making an impressive start in their first regional carnival outing.

Emerald senior side, Phoenix, took out the runners-up title in the A-Reserve division after going down to eventual winners, Frenchville Bandicoots, in their first match.

Emerald defender and former Capricorn Claw Kahlee Saunders said the team had their work cut out keeping the Frenchville attack under wraps for the competition.

“They had a great goal attack, she didn't miss many at all,” Saunders said.

“Overall I thought we played pretty well – there is a lot of strength in quite a few of the Emerald sides.”

No longer a Claws regular, Saunders said she was thriving in the local competitions.

“I'm really enjoying my netball – there isn't as much travelling and I've got a lot more time of my own,” she said.

In other Emerald results, the younger Phoenix side, Junior H and Wildcatz Junior E had great wins over the weekend. Emerald Netball president Nanette Hall said the association was very proud.

“It was a great experience and our girls played really well,” she said. “It was also good to see more senior teams make the trip this year.”

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