TALISHA Thompson and Tevin Smith have proven themselves among the best indigenous netballers in the country.
The two went to South Queensland indigenous trials and were chosen in the team to contest the National Indigenous Carnival at Tallebudgera on January 15-17.
The South Queensland team included players from as far afield as St George and Hervey Bay.
Both Ipswich girls were surprised to be selected in their South Queensland squads but both justified their selection with successful carnivals.
Tevin's team went through the tournament undefeated, beating North Queensland 22-14 in the final.
"Awesome defence," was Talisha's take on why her friend's under-14s were so successful.
It might have been partly to do with Tevin's presence, even though she was played out of position at goal defence.
While she played her role in South Queensland's triumph, it may have cost her a spot in the national indigenous team.
It was part of a harsh but valuable lesson she learned.
"They told me I had a special position at wing defence," Tevin said of her national selection prospects.
"But I didn't get it."
Tevin believes it was due to an argument she had with a teammate, who was the daughter of a selector.
While the argument arose from Tevin defending another teammate, she now knows there are better ways to solve problems.
"I learnt just to leave it behind," the soon to be 14-year-old said.
"Forget it and don't let it affect me."
Talisha's team didn't do as well as Tevin's but she was picked as a shadow member of the Australian indigenous squad which will contest the national netball titles.
However, Talisha remains in contention to be picked in the Queensland team to contest the same tournament.
Her success was also despite being played out of position at goal keeper.
The Ipswich Girls Grammar School student much prefers goal defence.
"You get to run around more and get more intercepts," she said.
Talisha obviously wasn't too hindered, given her shadow squad selection.
While too modest to sing her own praises, the awe in which she held her rivals gives an indication of how high her own standards must have been.
"It was pretty fun," Thompson said of the tournament.
"I met heaps of people.
"The big girls were so good.
"Really tall and aggressive.
"The Victorians were so hard."
The big girls were so good. Really tall and aggressive. The Victorians were so hard.