Duo help Fu­sion fire

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH liam. but­ter­worth@ news. com. au

CARA Koe­nen and Beryl Fri­day have com­bined in an all North Queens­land front court to help the Queens­land Fu­sion get off to a strong start in the Aus­tralian Net­ball League.

Ing­ham’s ANZ Cham­pion- ship win­ner Fri­day and Mag­netic Is­land’s Koe­nen ( pic­tured) form a lethal front court com­bi­na­tion for the Fu­sion in the na­tional sec­ond tier com­pe­ti­tion.

The Fu­sion won two of their sea­son open­ing triple header in Bris­bane over the week­end, with the North Queens­land women play­ing vi­tal scor­ing roles.

Fri­day picked up an an­kle in­jury mid­way through Satur- Mar­ian- Vix­ens 61 d High­land Tigers 25 Ru­n­aways 46 d Phoenix 40 Saints 45 d Bur­dekin 29 Nep­tunes — bye day night’s 50- 44 win over Tas­ma­nia, the sec­ond of the three games, but Koe­nen started in ev­ery match.

“It’s re­ally good for the younger girls to see North Queens­land rep­re­sented and play­ers com­ing from re­gional ar­eas as op­posed to the usual metro area,” Koe­nen said.

“Lots of the girls come from Bris­bane and Gold Coast but it’s nice to get a bit of coun­try in there.

“She’s ( Fri­day) a few years older than me so we hadn’t been on the court at the same time to­gether too of­ten.

“She’s re­ally easy to work with and she’s learnt a lot from her sea­son with the Fire­birds.”

Koe­nen and Fri­day switched be­tween the goal at­tack and shooter roles in the game, shar­ing the cir­cle at times with Abi­gail Latu- Meafou, and said they were head­ing in the right di­rec­tion in their part­ner­ship. “It’s a bit of a learn­ing curve, this is the first time a few of the girls have played to­gether,” Koe­nen said. “Work­ing in the cir­cle with dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions and stuff, it takes a bit of time get­ting used to.”

Queens­land’s next games are in Perth, where they play the Ter­ri­tory Storm and the Western Sting.

FI­NAL WHIS­TLE

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

HIGH RISE: Mar­ian Vix­ens’ Natasha Capri­oli in ac­tion dur­ing her side’s win against the High­land Tigers.

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