Bluebirds Hawks Elizabeth Egerton looks for a gap in Wednesday’s grading game against Frenchville.
Bluebirds Hawks Elizabeth Egerton looks for a gap in Wednesday’s grading game against Frenchville. Allan Reinikka

Crimson still the top team

THE A-grade grading rounds are seeing some swings of fortune with teams that didn't perform to expectations last week showing a bit of form in Wednesday night's matches at Jardine Park.

This year, nine teams have nominated in the Senior A division and in the grading rounds play two half matches each night.

Colts Divas posted two wins, including a three goal win over Bluebirds Hawks.

However, the Hawks team, which welcomed the return of key circle defenders and dynamic centre court player Lizzie Egerton, will take something from the match after disappointing results last week when trialling a number of Reserve grade players.

Brothers Crimson is still the team to watch and again posted two wins, including a 17 goal win over a Frenchville Brumbies team that is expected to make the finals.

However, Frenchville were without defender Keanna Hopkins and key shooters Angela Horn and Kate Sutton.

It was a return to form for the Capricorn Coast Marlins as the team disappointed in the opening round of matches.

"We actually turned up to play this week," coach Tanya Burnett said.

The wins over Angels Titans and Brumbies were both by sizeable margins and this pleased Burnett as the shooting statistics from week one did not make good reading.

"Last week we were shooting at 30-40 per cent," she said.

That is low in any grade but for A-grade it particularly poor but Burnett said there were reasons for the bad night.

"We have got a new shooter, Maddy Ryan from RGS Magic, in with Kira-Lee (Leo)," she said.

"She was very nervous but this week was far more relaxed.

"But overall everything (in the team) was a bit slack last week."

Burnett is now looking forward to the main season and also welcoming Longreach player Brooke Mann to her squad.

The coach said Mann, who plays wing-defence, is re-locating to the area in the near future and will be an asset as she has already been identified by the Capricorn Claws.

Marlins are also strengthened by the return of goal-keeper Di Tummon who started last season with the team, but took time out to have a baby.

"I think the A-grade is going to be very tough this year as there have been so many team changes," Burnett said.

Grading games continue for another week before the regular season starts.