ON THE BALL: Ipswich Flyers players Emilie McInally, Bridget Cumming and Liz Hales are joined by Ipswich Jets player Landon Hayes and Steeden Queensland sales manager Hamish Maclean.
ON THE BALL: Ipswich Flyers players Emilie McInally, Bridget Cumming and Liz Hales are joined by Ipswich Jets player Landon Hayes and Steeden Queensland sales manager Hamish Maclean. David Nielsen

No more "cement hard" netballs for Flyers

THE Ipswich Flyers won't have to train with "cement hard" netballs any more, after having 25 new training netballs donated to the side by sporting goods manufacturer Steeden and the Ipswich Jets Rugby League Club.

Flyers players Emilie McInally, Bridget Cumming and Liz Hales attended a Jets training session on Monday to receive the balls, which will boost their chances of going one better in this year's SEQ Challenge.

Jets CEO Wayne Wendt said the donation was an example of why local sporting sides need to work more closely together.

"Ipswich is a proud sporting city and it's important all senior representative sides stick together," he said.

"The Flyers have a good track record of representing Ipswich and we are more than happy to do anything we can to help them continue that success.

"We've also offered the Flyers the chance to use our gym and one of our trainers, who can provide a netball-specific program to assist them."

Flyers 2015 captain McInally said the practice balls come as a timely boost with the squad returning to training soon.

"It's really great to see the Jets and Steeden reaching out to help us," she said.

"We've needed some new training balls for some time and we can't wait to start using them at training sessions and even pull them out for game days."

Steeden is best known for producing rugby league balls, but also stock Gilbert netballs.

A long-time licensed supplier of equipment to the Jets, Steeden Queensland sales manager Hamish Maclean said the company was always looking at ways to increase its relationship with sport at grassroots.

"We (Steeden) obviously do a lot of stuff with the top-end sports like the NRL and State of Origin, but it's always nice to give back to the local community," he said.

"We enjoy getting back to the grassroots and building new and existing relationships."



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