Ice plans to freeze out netball opponents



ICE might give away plenty in experience but they are planning to make an impact on next month's Curtis Coast Dolphins Netball Association first division finals series.

Consisting of youngsters aged 14-16, Ice have performed strongly this season against their more mature opponents, being beaten on just two occasions and sitting in third spot.

Dogged by injuries of late, coupled with the relocation of Shanna Close to Rockhampton, Ice now has players set to return and with Close's replacement player Casey Ridder playing well, are set for a big finals effort.

Coach Gena Hitzke believes the team's positive approach to training is the key to their on-court success. Another key factor is Ice's versatility with the majority of players comfortable in several positions.

The side is strong up front with Shana Webster and Bianca Box shooting at 85-95 per cent helped out by Haley Jones with Ridder leading the attack.

The defence is also solid with Belinda Anderson and Rohy Maines in charge while Claree Petrie, Vanessa Vonhoff and Nadia Bain regularly dictate the game speed and ball play through the centre court.

The girls' skills and team spirit have improved greatly throughout the season and they are confident they are on track to come away winners in the finals.



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