Jess O’Brien (left) will be a Warwick trump card at the Darling Downs Inter-district competition on Sunday.
Jess O’Brien (left) will be a Warwick trump card at the Darling Downs Inter-district competition on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Warwick netballers sharpen their edge

NETBALL: Warwick open netballers used club games this week to fine tune their form for the Darling Downs Inter-district round at Barnes Park on Sunday.

The Warwick association will host 49 teams in eight grades in Round 1.

Visiting teams will come from Dalby, Highfields, Goondiwindi, Fassifern, Lockyer, Gatton, Miles, Chinchilla and a number of club teams from Toowoomba.

Jess O'Brien is likely to play a defensive role for a Warwick open side which has shooters galore.

Association secretary Linda Bunch said O'Brien was equally adept at attacking and defensive ends of the court.

"Warwick has seven players who shoot regularly in club games, but all have the advantage of being versatile," Bunch said.

Specialist defenders in the team are Sandy Groves and Kim Thorne with Dimity Brackin, Bec Burville, Sarah Mantova and Renae O'Dea playing most of their netball at goal shooter or goal attack, but able to play down court.

O'Brien, Angie Reiners and Taylah Brackin can shoot or play anywhere on court with new recruit Reiners a likely starter in the first game at centre.

In club fixtures this week, Killara Cruisers beat Fruit Tingles 16-13 after leading by three, four and five at the three breaks.

Alison Rowling and Sharon Cooper played strongly for Killara Cruisers with Sonja Pohlman and Alicia Mauch the best for Fruit Tingles.

Scores

Monday A/B Grades: Confro 45 d Black Panthers 31, Darkside 45 d Fusion 27, Pink Ladies 29 d Starbursts 28, Scots 56 d Pocket Rockets 12, Hazards 49 d Livewires 14.

C Grade: All Sorts 27 d Delusionals 18, Gettin Plastered Gals 30 d Redskins 8, Stylistics 57d Supachicks 20, Killara Cruisers 16 d Fruit Tingles 13.



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