Warwick open team members (from left) Shari Hirning, Jessica Carey, Lucy Fenton and Stephanie O’Brien are ready for inter-district and country championships.
Warwick open team members (from left) Shari Hirning, Jessica Carey, Lucy Fenton and Stephanie O’Brien are ready for inter-district and country championships. Gerard Walsh

Warwick confident

HELENA Fraser reckons the Warwick open netball team has the right mix of experience and youth to give the July 23-24 Country Carnival at Western Districts courts a shake.

Warwick is in division 3 and the captain has high hopes of a top-two finish in the carnival which is to be held at Graceville.

“We have been performing well as a team at inter-district level,” the skipper said.

“Five of the players are from A grade leaders Hazards which helps with combination in the representative team.”

Fraser goes into her 12th successive country carnival captaining a team with only three players from last year’s team, Ang Mann, Shari Hirning and Donna Carey.

“The new players have come through the junior ranks in Warwick,” Fraser said.

The team was selected at the start of the season and has been using the inter-district rounds as training for the country carnival.

New players to the carnival Warwick open teams include the O’Brien sisters, Jessica and Stephanie, who have state league experience with the Darling Downs Panthers team.

Stephanie is a specialist goal attack while Jessica will play all over the court to give the versatility every netball team needs.

Jessica Carey will play in centre court and also as a shooter.

The Fenton sisters, Lucy and Katie, are in the team after being regulars in under-age teams from under 13 to U17 age groups.

Lucy plays in defence and Katie is set to play in centre court.

Kayla Hausfeld played netball in Warwick during her school years.

Now she lives at Willowbank and travels to inter-district carnivals to play with her hometown club.

Fraser will be a defender for Warwick, Mann and Hirning will play centre court and Donna Carey will be either shooting or defending for the Warwick team.

Long-time Warwick representative player Amanda Creed will manage the Warwick team.

Warwick is in division 3 at the country carnival. The Western Districts complex has been re-built after being devastated in the floods.

This weekend, 10 Warwick teams will play in the last round of the inter-district competition at Gatton as a forerunner to next month’s finals at Laidley.



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