The Warwick 12 years representative netball side which placed third in the State Challenge Carnival (front, from left) Leah Blakemore, Laura Neilsen, Sarah Mantova, Meg Eastwell, (middle) Mikayla Rolfe, Dimity Brackin, Rebecca Lane, Jordan-Lee Ryan, Rachel Kraak, (back) coach Nancy De Prada, manager Leanne Olsen, and coach Helena Fraser.
The Warwick 12 years representative netball side which placed third in the State Challenge Carnival (front, from left) Leah Blakemore, Laura Neilsen, Sarah Mantova, Meg Eastwell, (middle) Mikayla Rolfe, Dimity Brackin, Rebecca Lane, Jordan-Lee Ryan, Rachel Kraak, (back) coach Nancy De Prada, manager Leanne Olsen, and coach Helena Fraser.

Superb netball carnival

A COMEBACK win against Logan City was the high point of the third-placed performance by the Warwick 12 years netball team in the State Challenge Carnival at Graceville at the weekend.

Team manager Leanne Olsen said the Warwick comeback was one of the best performances by a 12 years team in her two decades in the sport.

“The Logan City team was much larger and taller than our girls,” she said.

“It is a credit to our coaches Helena Fraser and Nancy De Prada that the girls had been taught the basics of the game and could counter taller opposition,” Olsen said.

“The 2010 team put in one of the best performances by a 12-year-old Warwick team at state level.”

In the game against Logan City, Warwick was five goals down in the first half before a gutsy display of quality netball ensured a win by three goals.

Olsen said the team had a lot of potential to improve in coming years.

“Our coaches moved the players around the court more than in most games and the girls proved their versatility all weekend,” Olsen said.

“We had nine players in the squad and all had equal time on court.

“Each girl played in at least three positions during the carnival.”

While the team has been playing in the Darling Downs Inter-district League this season, the challenge carnival was the players first at state level.

In the 12 years age group, Warwick won eight games, drew one and only lost to Bundaberg and Townsville City, which finished in first and second places.

The Warwick 13 years team had its first success at state level with a win against Tweed and a draw against Gladstone at Graceville at the weekend.

Warwick also played well in the 15 years competition against some very strong teams and improved well and truly out of sight during the weekend.

Warwick 12 years carnival scores: Warwick d Nambour 15-9, Warwick d Southport Carrara 2 10-9, Warwick d Queensland Catholic 2 18-6, Warwick d Jimboomba 9-8, Warwick d Logan City 17-14, Warwick d Gladstone 16-13, Warwick d Underwood 9-8, Warwick d Redcliffe Leagues 11-7, Warwick and Mackay drew 10-all, Bundaberg d Warwick 23-17, Townsville City d Warwick 16-6.



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