Claws clinch a place in finals

THE Capricorn Claws have qualified for the State finals of the Ergon Energy Championships Tier 2 series for the first time.

The Claws have only played in the full State netball league for the past three years and the top six teams qualified for finals.

They finished fifth overall (7 wins and 3 losses) and now return to Brisbane for the elimination final on July 10.

Claws coach Barb Ahmat said the team was hungry for a finals placing and she was really proud of the side’s performance throughout the series.

“At the beginning, I think that making the top six was our goal, but by the end we were even hungrier for a top five,” Ahmat said.

Last weekend, the Claws won two of the four games and put up a strong fight in the other two.

“The competition was very tight, we tried a few combinations to try and find one that works,” Ahmat said,

“But the hard part is you only get to play each other once until the finals.

“We would love to have the opportunity like the south-east teams to play each other a couple of times and really work out some combinations.

“This is the best we have ever done, no one from Capricorn has ever made the top six, not since the competition has been truly statewide and this is the only competition that is truly statewide.”

The Claws will be looking to continue their form when they play the Brisbane South Wildcats in the second elimination final at the State Netball Centre at 11am on July 10.

Round three results:

Capricorn Claws 48 d Brisbane South Wildcats 42, Carina Tigers 54 d Capricorn Claws 38, Capricorn Claws 45 d Darling Downs Panthers 43 Golden South Jaguars 40 d Capricorn Claws 33.



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