Liz Hales
Liz Hales Kate Czerny

Flyers shooting even higher after hot run of victories

FOR a goal shooter consistency is everything.

For Ipswich Flyers shooter Liz Hales, now that she is consistently playing, she can better help her team achieve the consistency it is striving for.

The SEQ Challenge has the bye this week, breaking the Flyers' winning momentum in the competition.

The Flyers beat South Coast 62-40 last week enabling coach Tricia McInally to give just about everyone in the Flyers squad some quality game time.

Game time is something Hales has had more of since the departure of Flyers co-captain Brooke Dixon at the start of the season.

It made Hales the first choice shooter, a role she has relished.

"It was tough losing Brooke," Hales said. "But Selena (Hirsch) and I have worked together in seasons past and we play together at club level.

"You work hard to be in the starting seven. You know people are trying to take your spots but that's what we need."

Their partnership has helped the Flyers to four successive wins, so the bye probably hasn't come at the best time for the team.

But Hales can see only positives in her team's progress.

"It was a good win," Hales said of last week's result. "It was good to have such a big win because everyone got on court.

"We are trying to get more consistency in our (game) quarters.

"We've been a bit up and down.

"We'll get a great start but each quarter there's a couple of minutes we drop and they get a few goals back."

The Flyers, who are defending champions, currently sit third on the ladder, behind SEMMNA (South East men's and Mixed Netball Association) and leaders Downey Park.

But Hales believes they are ideally placed with five rounds to play.

The Flyers take on SEMMNA in the final round, a fortnight after playing Downey Park.

Next week the Flyers take on eighth placed Northern Gold Coast.

"We've got a few tough games coming up but we're looking good coming up to finals," Hales said.

"That's the way we've done it the past few seasons, getting to peak at the right time."


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