Netballers show promise
EMERALD junior netballers overcame a slow start to achieve mixed results at the 2011 State Country Carnival in Brisbane last month.
The two Emerald sides joined 1900 representative players from across the state for the two-day carnival, which was the first hit-out for the Western Districts Netball Association’s newly repaired facility at Graceville after it was damaged in January’s floods.
The weekend included 1350 games across various divisions in age groups from 13 years to open.
Emerald’s 14 years side, coached by Gayle Ahern, had a rocky first day, drawing one of their four games and going down in the other three.
They turned it around on the Sunday, winning all four matches with strong defence and renewed determination in attack.
“Things just clicked on Sunday,” Ahern said.
“We improved all over the court, from our passing to our team cohesion. We knew what they were capable of so it’s just a shame they didn’t play that way all weekend because we would have likely come home with a trophy.”
The 13 years side also had a patchy start to the carnival, with consistency in passing letting them down.
“We drew some strong teams in our division so, for their first outing at a state event, they did a pretty good job,” coach Debbie Hall said.
“Our defence was excellent all weekend, particularly in the goal circle, and when our attacking play gelled it was great.
“The girls really proved what they were capable of in their match against Brisbane, which we lost by just one point in the dying seconds of the game.”