Netballer rested for finals spot

GLADSTONE’S sole Capricorn Claws netball squad representative Poppy Larson has been left out of the squad for their third and final round of the Ergon Energy Championships Tier Two competition in Brisbane this weekend.

But Claws coach Barb Ahmat stressed the Gladstone player was merely being rested, not dropped.

Larson was called into the squad to replace injured Rockhampton player Amanda Goody.

Ahmat said the squad of 15 had to be cut to 10 players every round and she wanted to make sure all girls qualified for the elimination finals.

“We fully expect to make finals so it’s just a matter of making sure all players are eligible and rested so when we do get into that first week of finals. We’ve got players who are fit and healthy and I’ve got a strong 15 to choose from,” Ahmat said.

The Claws must win at least two of their four games this weekend to remain one of top six teams to progress through to the first of two elimination rounds beginning July 10.

“We’d like to win more than two but definitely two,” Ahmat told The Observer.

Larson played in the first two rounds of the competition and was part of the team that won last month’s North Queensland Cup.

Claws recorded only one win from three games in the opening Brisbane round before reviving themselves to claim four wins from as many games in Cairns during round two.



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