Dimity Brackin and Mikayla Rolfe and team-mates will play in the Netball Challenge Carnival this weekend at Graceville.
Dimity Brackin and Mikayla Rolfe and team-mates will play in the Netball Challenge Carnival this weekend at Graceville.

Girls prepared for Challenge

DIMITY Brackin and Mikayla Rolfe will be joined by seven friends when they head to the Challenge Cup Netball Carnival at Graceville in Brisbane this weekend.

In the lead up to the carnival, Dimity had been throwing 50 to 100 shots at goal each day to fine tune her shooting.

Mikayla has also played as a defender and loves stopping her opponents from netting points.

Both are part of an under-12 side that is coached by Helena Fraser and Nancy De Prada, and managed by Leanne Olsen.

The team members come from across the region. Rebecca Lane, Rachael Kraak, Jordi Ryan, Dimity and Mikayla hail from Warwick.

Sarah Mantova and Laura Neilsen (Clifton), Leah Blackmore (Deuchar) and Meg Eastwell (Yangan) make up a team which will compete in a major carnival for the first time.

The U12 team won all its games in the Darling Downs Inter-district Carnival at Barnes Park two weeks ago and has six wins from seven matches in the regular season.

The team trains weekly at Barnes Park and all girls are involved in club netball on Saturdays.

Two other Warwick teams will play at Graceville.

The Warwick U13 side is playing under the guidance of coach Donna Carey and managers Trish and Darryl Roche.

The Warwick U15 team that will compete at Graceville is coached by Lee Carrie and Anita Crispin.

“The aim of these carnivals is to get the girls playing against strong competition,” Warwick Netball Association president Donna Carey said.

“It is really interesting for a coach to sit on the sidelines and watch how other teams are coached.

“All three teams which are playing this weekend are improving with each match this season.”

Warwick will field U13A, U14, U15A and U16 teams in the state age championships at Maroochydore on the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The state open country carnival is in July.



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