Close-knit netball girls are scoring goals at state-level competition
Maranoa netballers heading to Pine Rivers for state age competition
NETBALL: With decades of experience between them, Maranoa’s best netballers are once again heading to Brisbane to battle it out, this time joining 160 teams from across the state.
Maranoa Netball Association’s under-14 state age team will be in Pine Rivers this weekend after two months of carnivals in Bundaberg, Caboolture and Brisbane.
For centre Tully Stone it’s a great opportunity to improve her skills in the game she’s played for 10 years.
“It’s pretty high-level netball that we play so it’s good to challenge ourselves.
“Especially coming from a rural place, it’s good to go to different places and play so many teams,” she said.
“This is my third year going to the carnival.”
Teammates Carla Graham and Heidi Dodd are equally excited for this weekend’s competition and agree the team makes the experience all that more enjoyable.
“All the girls in the team are fantastic. We go away nearly every weekend and we’re quite close and we all love to play the sport,” Carla said.
“We all love what we do and we all want to continue playing netball,” said Heidi.
For coach Wendy Steinohrt there’s a sense of pride watching the girls she’s been training for two years represent the Maranoa.
“They’re a great group of girls,” she said.
“We have got in a position where we can take these girls away and expose them to better levels of netball, and it definitely is a stepping stone if they have the ability to go to the next level.
“They’re very lucky to have this opportunity, but they’re all very passionate.”
NET SET GO: Carla Graham, Tully Stone and Heidi Dodd from Maranoa Netball Association's under-14 state age team.