Young Claws sharpen up

Claws coach Barb Ahmat has highlighted the consistency of Central Highlands players as she gets her squad up to scratch for the 2012 season.
Claws coach Barb Ahmat has highlighted the consistency of Central Highlands players as she gets her squad up to scratch for the 2012 season. Sharyn O’Neill / The Morning Bulletin

THEY may be a young team this year but the Capricorn Claws are no less enthusiastic if their pre-season training is any indication.

Capricorn Claws coach Barb Ahmat said the squad was going through a season of rebuilding with a lot of new players included in the pre-season squad.

"The young players are quick learners," Barb said.

"I think we will do well… I am confident the mix of experienced and young players will work in our favour.

"The young players bring enthusiasm and joy at playing at that level… and they invigorate the more experienced players on keenness again.

"The mix is good in all aspects."

The pre-season squad has been training hard and will have home programs to carry out over the Christmas and New Year break before it's back into intense mode, ready for the final trials on January 14 and 15.

"The season starts earlier next year, it's starting in March, not May, which is unusual so we stepped up the training," Barb said.

"We will work on aerobics, endurance and fatigue."

The Claws' motivation for the pre-season training is to match the Brisbane North Cougars who have been reigning champions for the past three years, beating the Claws in their grand final appearance two years ago.

"That's our bar. They are undefeated so that's the level we are aiming for," Barb said.

Five players from the Central Highlands were chosen for the pre-season squad with Anna Young, Bianca Butler, Georgia Staal and Theresa Brennan from Emerald and Kiriana Allen from Blackwater all making the grade.

Barb said one of the pleasing aspects she found with the CH players was they were all consistent performers.

Anna Young is returning to the Claws but the other four girls are new to the squad and Barb said she was keen to get them training.

"It's quite a big jump from local to Claw levels," she said.

"It's a big gap, the training covers that gap and gives a good foundation to do well at trials."

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