Michelle Byrne, Sophie Power and Kirsty Caterson at A-grade netball.
Michelle Byrne, Sophie Power and Kirsty Caterson at A-grade netball. Gerard Walsh

Teacher and student join forces

MICHELLE Byrne has played netball in Warwick for eight years and loves it.

"I play for fitness and socialising," she said.

There is a Warwick State High School connection to her team, Darkside, this season as fellow teacher Kirsty Caterson and Year 12 student Sophie Power are in the same team.

Byrne has won one A-grade premiership with Gatecrashers after playing in an epic grand final in her first season.

She was part of a Legends side which lost by one point to Doorslammers after the game went into two lots of extra time.

Except for one season off for a knee operation, Byrne hasn't missed a season since moving to the town.

Her netball journey started in juniors at Chinchilla and then she played netball in the Queensland University Games for Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology.

At the start of this season, Byrne knew her team needed a goal shooter and invited Power to be part of the team.

"She is a top shooter and has a great personality so fits in well," Byrne said.

Kirsty Caterson has taught at Warwick High for six years and played netball for three.

She first played netball in the under-6 grade at Currimundi and represented Caloundra and District at state carnivals.

After starting at wing defence, she moved to goal shooter but is now back at wing defence for Darkside.

"I was out of netball for 10 years and my shooting (accuracy) is not there anymore," she said.

"I enjoy the social side of club netball."



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