Firechicks (from left) Kim Thorne, Abbey Harrison, Codie Brackin, Tiffany Cullen, Ashleigh Tatchell and Aidyn Jensen at WIRAC. Jess Somes and Grace Gliori are also in the team.
Firechicks (from left) Kim Thorne, Abbey Harrison, Codie Brackin, Tiffany Cullen, Ashleigh Tatchell and Aidyn Jensen at WIRAC. Jess Somes and Grace Gliori are also in the team. Gerard Walsh

Scholarly diversion on court

IT is school first and netball second for the Firechicks team in A-grade netball but that won't stop them challenging for a top-four spot in club competition.

Coach Amelia Sutton said the girls collectively decided at the start of the season they wouldn't play in this weekend's state championships due to Year 11 study.

"The girls are focused on school work," Sutton said.

They still play Darling Downs inter-district netball and are unbeaten after rounds in 15/16 years division 1 fixtures in Warwick, Gatton and Dalby.

Teams play four games in most rounds.

Sutton said the toughest games so far for her team were games against Goondiwindi and Team G (Glennie).

To finish the season undefeated, Warwick has to win all games in the next round at Laidley and then the finals in Toowoomba.

"Due to players with work commitments, we only have one sitting off in inter-district so they are doing well with just eight," she said. "I am confident we can win the inter-district competition."

Sutton started last season as manager but, when required, took over as coach and the team won B grade in open club netball under the banner of Firechicks.

This year, they are up to A grade and three points away from the top four.

"We have matched it with the top three teams for three quarters of games but have to put it together for all four quarters to beat a top-three team," Sutton said.

As for next year, Sutton said it would be up to the girls to decide whether to play club and inter-district netball while in Year 12.



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