Close-knit net­ball girls are scor­ing goals at state-level com­pe­ti­tion

Maranoa net­ballers head­ing to Pine Rivers for state age com­pe­ti­tion

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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.”

PHOTO: ELLEN RANS­LEY

NET SET GO: Carla Gra­ham, Tully Stone and Heidi Dodd from Maranoa Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion's un­der-14 state age team.

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