O'Brien looks set to achieve ultimate sporting goal
STEPHANIE O'Brien has made a Queensland netball team for a 10th successive year as she follows a dream to play for the Firebirds.
The Warwick netballer who will travel three times a week to Brisbane this year for training and games is in the Queensland under-21 team of 12 to play in the nationals in Canberra on March 12-17.
Before the nationals, she will play some practice games with the U21 team against a Queensland Firebirds squad which is captained by Allora defender Laura Geitz.
O'Brien plays at the attacking end of the court and expects to have most of her court time at the nationals at wing attack after being predominately a goal attack during her career.
"There is not as much pressure at wing attack than shooting," she said.
O'Brien isn't trying to get away from shooting but admits at 1.77m she is not as tall as most shooters.
"Speed is the best part of my play which is important at wing attack," she said.
She first made a Queensland team at primary school level while a student at Warwick East State School in 2004 and has since made Queensland secondary school U15 and U19 teams, Netball Queensland U17 and U21 teams and Queensland open mixed teams each year.
O'Brien said her ultimate aim was to make an Australian team.
Last year, she shared the most valuable player award in tier 2 Queensland netball with the Darling Downs Panthers but has this year joined Brisbane West Lions to strive to play tier 1, the Holden Cruze Cup.
She said some of the players in the Firebirds squad came through the Cup.
"My aim is to make the Firebirds squad in the next two to three years."