Warwick representative players (from left) Abbey Harrison, Gabby McCosker, Bec Holeszko, Jess Thompson and Bec Lane are off to the State Age Championships.
Warwick representative players (from left) Abbey Harrison, Gabby McCosker, Bec Holeszko, Jess Thompson and Bec Lane are off to the State Age Championships. Gerard Walsh

Warwick seeks netball domination

BEC Holeszko isn't fazed by the pressure of the annual State Age Championships on the Queen's Birthday long weekend each year.

Warwick is fielding four teams this weekend, all in division two, in the carnival at Coorparoo.

She is one of four players in the Warwick 16 years team preparing for their fifth state-wide carnival.

Holeszko, Chenae Ridge, Elizabeth Cowley and Alison Burrill have all been in the team since the 12 years challenge carnival.

The other constant in the team is coach Lisa Fitzgerald.

Holeszko plays goal attack or goal shooter but prefers goal attack.

“You can run a lot more at goal attack,” she said.

Team-mate Gabby McCosker is heading off to her second carnival.

“We won more than we lost last year,” Gabby said.

She plays wing attack.

Jess Thompson is goal defence for the 16 years team after playing centre court in previous years.

“I like to model my game on (Allora and Diamonds player) Laura Geitz,” Jess said.

“Laura is a very assertive player.”

The Warwick 15 years team is coached by Karen Vogler and has been training since January.

Centre court player Abbey Harrison said the team did okay last year.

“This is my third year in the team,” Harrison said.

The Belinda Fenton-coached Warwick 14 years team won the 13/14 years division one Darling Downs Inter-district title last season and is again showing top form this season.

In the 13 years age group, Helena Fraser coached the team to an inter-district title last year and third place in the challenge carnival.

Goal keeper Bec Lane said simply didn't like shooting at the goal.

“I have always been a defender,” she said.

“We did okay last year.”

The Metropolitan Districts Netball Association is getting ready to host 160 teams at its Coorparoo courts this weekend.

Just a few months ago the association was affected by flooding, but the courts are looking better than ever thanks to the support of many organisations.

Warwick Netball Association president Darryl Roche said the Queen's Birthday weekend was the biggest of the season in representative netball.

“A lot of work has been put in by coaches, managers and players to prepare for the carnival,” he said.

“Numbers are strong in all age groups; there are plenty of juniors coming up through the ranks.

“Australian player Laura Geitz is a role model for many of our players.”



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