Helen Schmidt (with ball) in action for Darling Downs Panthers at the weekend.
Helen Schmidt (with ball) in action for Darling Downs Panthers at the weekend. Contributed

Warwick trio go well in netball

WARWICK trio Jessica and Stephanie O'Brien, and Stacey Davison played in the Darling Downs Panthers side which has missed a top-six spot in the Tier Two State Netball League by one competition point.

On the weekend, the Panthers beat Wide Bay Thundercats and Whitsunday Leopard Sharks but went down by two points to the Capricornia Claws.

A win over Capricornia in its final game of the fixture season would have put Darling Downs into the play-offs.

Darling Downs was ahead of Capricornia after the first quarter on Sunday but Capricornia came back in the second quarter.

“It was goal-for-goal in the last half and tied for most of the final three minutes before Capricornia scored the last two goals,” Stephanie said.

“It was nerve-wracking.”

All three players from the Southern Downs are in their second season in the tier two competition.

Jessica O'Brien graduated from Warwick State High School in 2006 and her sister Stephanie is currently in year 12.

During the season, both travelled to Toowoomba two nights a week to train at USQ.

Davison graduated from The Scots PGC College at the end of 2009 and is currently at university in Brisbane.

She makes a three-hour round trip to Toowoomba twice a week for training.

Stephanie plays goal attack or goal shooter for the Panthers, Jessica is in centre court or at goal shooter while Davison plays centre or goal defence.

The Panthers finished the season with 12 points and in seventh place, just one point away from the Golden South Jaguars who finished sixth.

Coach Rod Pearce said he was disappointed, but extremely happy, with the way his team performed over the weekend.

In tier two, six of the 12 teams qualified for the play-offs.

Stephanie played for the Queensland 17 years team this year and will trial for the 19 years team at the end of this year.

“I am aiming to play tier one next season,” Stephanie said.

“We enjoy the top level competition.”



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