The Goodna Sapphires netball team.
The Goodna Sapphires netball team.

Goodna team's chemistry keeps netballers aiming high

AS the mother of two young boys, Beth Thornton has been in and out of netball teams since being named an honorary Australian player in 2010.

The former state representative took a break on motherly duties before rejoining a number of her regular Ipswich indoor competition teammates.

The Goodna Sapphires wing defence/centre is thrilled to be back in this year's expanded Queensland Premier League South East Queensland Cup series.

"It's an absolutely enjoyable season,'' Thornton said.

The unbeaten Sapphires are preparing for a top of the table clash against Caboolture at the State Netball Centre tonight. Both teams have eight wins with Caboolture slightly ahead on percentages entering the business end of the competition.

Having played at Tier 1 and Tier 2 netball level, Thornton has enjoyed helping the flexible Goodna Netball Association-backed team perform so consistently.

"We've definitely got a great chemistry and great friendships within the team as well,'' Thornton said.

"We're always there for each other, always backing each other up and I think that definitely helps in some of the harder games.''

However, Thornton said that team unity would be needed against Caboolture, another team with strong combinations.

"They will definitely be the team to beat,'' she said.

"We're just going to be focusing on getting the basics right and keep our errors to a minimum.

"If we do all things like that, play smart and we all do our jobs then we'll have no problems.''

A week after beating Ipswich Flyers in the local derby, the Sapphires accounted for another competition heavyweight Metropolitan Districts 59-44.

"We knew that was always going to be a tough match. They (Metro Districts) were up there as well,'' she said.

Thornton praised captain Robyn Walsh for her fine leadership and the recent efforts of Sapphires goal shooters Renae Kalalo and Crissy Peever.

"All our wins have been equally pleasing,'' she said.

After losing 60-39 to Caboolture last week, the Ipswich Flyers are playing for pride against Pine Rivers United tonight.

State of play

Rd 9 QPL South East Queensland Cup: Goodna Sapphires def Metropolitan Districts 59-44, Caboolture def Ipswich Flyers 60-39.

Rd 10 Thursday: 6.30pm - Goodna v Caboolture; 8pm: Ipswich v Pine Rivers United.



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