Frenchville side crushed
FRENCHVILLE Brumbies' chance of cementing second place on the Rockhampton league's club A-grade ladder was blown away as Colts Divas repelled their challenge to win by nine goals at Jardine Park on Wednesday night.
The Brumbies' chance of winning this important match received a major blow before the game when key defender Keanna Hopkins failed to recover sufficiently from illness to take the court.
During the match, with scores tight, the Brumbies suffered a second major blow when experienced shooter Angela Horn was injured and unable to continue.
Colts Divas captain Carmen Anderson said her team had also been forced into making changes recently.
Dominant defender Danielle Wingard is no longer available for action.
"We had to bring in one of the TCC girls," Anderson said. "She has been playing school girls and A-reserve."
Anderson said the player, whom she only knew as Gabbi, had struck up a good combination with teenage Claws star Shanita Smith in the defensive circle.
Despite battling the cool and windy conditions, Anderson said Colts could take several positives from the game.
"We flowed down the court like we have at training," she said.
However not everything about the Colts performance pleased the team captain.
"We need to find consistency before we play a team like Brothers (Crimson)," she said.
Anderson thinks Colts will get even better in the weeks to come with Sam Briggs set to make a return. "It will give us options with personnel and give us more versatility," she said.
Shanita Smith was named the Colts Rockhampton Leagues Club player of the day.
Bluebirds Hawks got the win they required over Angels Titans but surprisingly it was a low scoring game.
The Hawks won by 34-18 and Coach Barb Ahmat admitted neither team mastered the difficult conditions.
Bluebirds were short of a few players with Liz Egerton still missing due to injury, Amanda Goody to illness and also Sarah Brennan unavailable for the match.
While that tore a lot of experience from the heart of the Hawks team, it also gave some young players a chance to show their skills.
The youthful combination of Tia Konui and Kiri Allen had their first full game together.
"They went well," Ahmat said.
Also Hawks used the opportunity to bring in Danni Ashley who played centre and wing-attack, and Elise Crawford at wing-defence.
Ahmat said the introduction, by Titans, of the versatile Renee Terriman, her team's player of the day, and the return of Bridget Duffin will make Titans more competitive.
Brothers Fuchsia made a break among the four teams at the bottom of the ladder, recording a comprehensive 24-goal victory over RGS magic.
The 53-29 win shows Fuchsia remains on track for the season and while not quite matching it with the five teams fighting for a place in the final, it is not to far away.
Frenchville Mustangs remain just a little off the pace, giving Capricorn Coast Seaspray Marlins a good run without threatening victory.
Coast won 49-30 to keep their run to the finals on track while Mustangs have lifted in recent matches to consistently score around 30 goals a game.
The big carnival at Jardine Park this weekend has been postponed.
Sullivan's carnival is now tentatively set down for June 23-24.
The decision was made in the light of heavy rain forecast for the weekend.
Claws coach Barb Ahmat has confirmed both Liz Egerton and Shanita Smith will miss this weekend's State League games at Brisbane.