Red Claws to settle score in netball
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CAPRICORNIA Red Claws players are hell-bent on settling the score with Magnetic North Stingers in the second round of the Best Western Regional League netball competition in Rockhampton this weekend.
The Red Claws rest in second spot in the competition after securing three wins and a draw in the opening round in Townsville last month.
The only loss came at the hands of the Stingers but Red Claws coach Tracey Davis believes her side will reverse that result this weekend.
'All the Stingers girls live in Townsville and train together every week,' Davis said. "Our girls had two training sessions leading up to the competition ... and didn't really know what to expect.'
Davis said the team's previous clash, a curtain-raiser to a Queensland Firebirds encounter, had been played over a shortened duration which had worked in their opponents' favour.
'When we came off we were picking up their score,' Davis said.
The Red Claws boast Rockhampton pair Alysha Kuhl and Kristin Lowry alongside Daniela Krauce of Biloela in a strong defensive lineup while Biloela's Bridget Alldridge, Gladstone's Carly Cooke and Rockhampton's Carmen Anderson and Kate Bromley are in great touch in centre court.
Up front, the Red Claws boast talented shooters in Rockhampton's Hayley Bean, a long-term representative player, Angela Horn, also of Rockhampton who is a former state star and Gladstone's Tracey Calis who is also in red-hot form.
Davis said the team had trained intensely in the most recent session in Gladstone and were working on their own personal programs.
'I get emails from them nearly every day saying 'I can't wait for the weekend' they're so excited,' Davis said.
'They've worked really hard, share the same goals and respect and support each other ... it's a super team to coach.'
The Red Claws also meet the Wide Bay, Marlin Coast and Whitsunday sides this weekend.