Sophie Power plays A-grade club netball for Darkside.
Sophie Power plays A-grade club netball for Darkside. Gerard Walsh

Darkside looks to title

SOPHIE Power knows it will be a tough ask but believes her team Darkside can win the 2012 A-grade premiership.

The Warwick State High School student is in her first season with Darkside after being approached to join the team by her physical education teacher, Michelle Hoffman.

"Michelle told me the team would be great to play with," Power said.

"They are all good netballers."

She admits there are plenty of top teams in A grade.

"The Hazzards team, with Stephanie O'Brien, will be the toughest to beat," Power said.

"We lost but did pretty well against them in our one clash so far this season."

Power played for Darling Downs teams in primary school and 15 years netball at state championship level and was with the Darling Downs academy for one year.

"It was worthwhile to be part of the academy, we trained twice a week in Toowoomba," she said.

Power has played goal attack most of her career, a position she loves because she enjoys shooting and moving around the court.

"I sometimes play goal shooter but you can move all over the court as goal attack and are not restricted to a third of the court," Power said.

Down the years, Power has played for Warwick underage teams in many state carnivals, including a 15 years victory at the State Age Champions under the coaching of Lisa Fitzgerald.

"Winning a state championship was a career highlight," she said.

After graduating from Warwick High at the end the year, Power hopes to study law at university in Brisbane.

"My plan is to keep playing netball as a hobby," she said.

Her second sport is swimming, in which she competed in many Darling Downs championships.

Power first joined the Killarney club at the age of seven and won age and club championships.

"My best stroke was breaststroke," she said.

"In the future, I just want to swim for fitness.

"Being fit helps my form in netball."



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