Coach Helena Fraser talks to her Hot Shots team during a quarter-time break in B-grade.
Coach Helena Fraser talks to her Hot Shots team during a quarter-time break in B-grade. Gerard Walsh

Youngsters step up a level

HOT Shots are keeping up with their name in club and representative netball this season and coach Helena Fraser hopes the success will transfer to state level on the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

The Warwick 14 years representative team, which plays as Warwick 4 in the Darling Downs Inter-district competition, has 12 wins from 12 games in two age groups so far this season.

Fraser said 10 points was the closest any team had matched Warwick 4 in the inter-district competition this season.

The team plays as Hot Shots in B-grade netball and is in second place on the competition table after a one-goal victory against Livewires on Tuesday night.

Fraser said the strength of the team was the versatility of the players.

"Jourdan Ellery and Dimity Brackin can shoot and play in defence which gives us versatility," Fraser said.

Meg Eastwell, Mikaela Rolfe, Ella Harrison and Leah Blakemore play in centre court.

Sarah Mantova is a specialist goal shooter and Bec Lane is a regular at goal defence.

Fraser said the team comprised 13 and 14-year-olds.

"This is their third year as a team," Fraser said.

"Bella Hoffman and Ella Harrison are new players this season."

The team trains at Barnes Park at 12.30pm each Saturday as a forerunner to junior A fixtures.

In an inter-district week, Hot Shots plays senior netball on Monday or Tuesday nights, juniors on Saturday and four games of inter-district on Sunday.

Fraser said she was confident of a strong performance at the state championships largely due to the extra competition in open B-grade netball.

"Playing against more experienced players has toughened us up in our quest for the ball," she said.

Leanne Olsen is the team manager.



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