Red Claws tamed by tough nemesis

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT IS tough to beat your nemesis.

Just ask the Capricorn Red Claws girls who lost their Regional Netball League grand final to the Magnetic North Stingers for the second successive season in Airlie Beach on Sunday.

The Red Claws displayed plenty of spirit, determination and good play in the decider, but went down to the Townsville team 58-37.

Gladstone duo Tracey Calis and Carly Cooke again played well, with Calis on fire in attack and Cooke at her passing best in the centre court.

Red Claws coach Tracey Davis, also from Gladstone, paid tribute to her girls and added second place was a great achievement.

'The girls played really well, we pushed the Stingers in the final, but they proved to be just a little bit better on the scoreboard,' Davis said.

'Considering we come from right across CQ and don't train too much, second spot is a pretty good effort. But saying that, we would have liked to have won though.'

Davis had nothing but praise for the strong Stingers side who have been clearly the regional league's powerhouse team.

'They (the Stingers) are a good team, they are very well-drilled and have benefited from playing and training together in Townsville,' she said.

On Saturday, it appeared the final would be a close affair after the Red Claws' strong win over Wide Bay.

With a spot in the decider on the line, the Red Claws scored a fine 51-30 win. But unfortunately for the Red Claws, their northern nemesis came up trumps for the second successive year.

In more news, two Red Claws players, Angela Horn (Biloela) and Kate Bromley (Rockhampton), were named in the Regional League's open honorary team.



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