Cooke, Calis shine in Red Claws? three netball wins
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S Tracey Calis and Carly Cooke starred as the Capricorn Red Claws open team impressed at round one of the Regional Netball League in Townsville.
The Red Claws were in great form, winning three of their four matches played across the round.
After losing a tight battle on Friday night against Magnetic North 50-46, the Red Claws starred with wins over Wide Bay (59-34), Whitsunday (65-25) and the Queensland Academy of Sport (52-27).
Calis, who played a key role in attack, was pleased with her own form across all four matches.
"I played pretty well, it was great to play with the girls,' Calis said.
'To play at that level is a big challenge and it brings out the best in you as a player.'
Calis enjoyed teaming up with Biloela's Angela Horn in attack, with the pair's height a major factor in their success.
'We worked together pretty well, Angela is a nice girl to team up to play netball with,' she said.
Cooke also earned plaudits for her performances in Red Claws' debut, playing in the centre and wing attack.
Meanwhile, the Red Claws' under-17 team featuring six Gladstone players also played well scoring one win in Townsville.
Grace Duckham, Samantha Dippel, Sally Heymer, Danielle Sirriss, Gabrielle Hewitt and Shayne Ford all got plenty of court-time across the weekend.
The big highlight of the Red Claws weekend was Friday's clash played as the curtainraiser to the Queensland Firebirds Commonwealth Bank Trophy game.