Ipswich Flyers captain Emilie McInally.
Ipswich Flyers captain Emilie McInally. Kate Czerny

How Flyers are helping Ipswich's promising youth

NETBALL: Fresh from assisting a future generation hone their skills, the Ipswich Flyers will continue their terrific work this weekend.

With a bye round in the South East Queensland Cup competition, Ipswich's top senior players will be helping out at the State Age Championships at Limestone Park starting on Saturday.

Flyers captain Emilie McInally said it was beneficial for Ipswich to host the major championships, which attract more than 2500 girls and boys players.

"We will be there, not playing but assisting in various duties and cheering on the younger players,'' McInally said.

That follows the Flyers players recently helping Ipswich's state teams prepare for this weekend, in addition to running a NetSetGo clinic teaching fundamental skills to youngsters aged 5-7.

"We had about 90 kids attend and ran them through five different drills,'' McInally said.

"All of the team thoroughly enjoyed doing the clinic and helping at NetSetGo. We can all relate to having someone teach us skills so we are eager to give back to the association and the sport.''

Ipswich Netball representative co-ordinator Kerry Moore appreciated the effort of the senior players leading up to this weekend's State Age Championships.

"They (the Flyers) are getting more and more involved,'' Moore said.

"The influence of the Flyers is going to be huge with our girls going forward.

"Emilie is just a great captain and the rest of the girls are following suit.''

Keen to promote junior development and Ipswich's netball profile, McInally said the four-day state championships were so important at the Doris Howes Complex.

"It's great for Ipswich to be hosting again this year,'' the Flyers leader said.

"It's a big job, and a good opportunity to showcase our facilities and the association.

"The association plays in several carnivals throughout the year but this certainly is the biggest.

"It's a good opportunity for our junior representatives to play against some tough competitors and hopefully learn some new skills.''

The Flyers have a night off competition after outclassing the QCNA Opens 2 combination 60-29 at the State Netball Centre last weekend.

"While it's good for the for- and-against on the competition ladder, it's not great to prepare the team for harder games,'' McInally conceded.

"While we never go lightly into any game and QCNA 2 didn't hand us the game we still didn't perform at our best.''

Among the Flyers' most committed performers last Thursday night was goal attack Masilina "Mas'' Kurukitoga.

McInally said it was a challenge keeping her players at their peak when winning so comfortably.

"That is the struggle at the moment, to keep focused and not develop bad habits,'' she said.

"We each discuss a couple of things we'd individually like to work on during the game and I think that's a good thing to keep thinking.''

With defending champions Goodna Sapphires having a bye last week, the Flyers moved into second spot behind Caboolture.

However, Goodna remain the only unbeaten side with six wins this season. They also have a terrific goal percentage.

The South East Queensland Cup competition resumes on July 12 when the Flyers and Sapphires will both be back keen to continue their winning momentum.

QPL SEQld Cup Round 7: July 12 (6.30pm) - Ipswich Flyers v Cornubia Park; Goodna Sapphires v RNA.

Round 6 results: Ipswich Flyers def QCNA Opens 2 60-29; Goodna bye.

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