Improving Flyers get season back on track

THREE wins in succession has the Ipswich Flyers back on track in their SEQ Challenge title defence.

The Flyers beat South Brisbane Flyers 51-35 last week heading into this week's bye.

The win was revenge for the defending premiers' first round loss to the same opponent.

However Flyers wing defender Mikaela Elton believes it was more a matter of the Flyers having improved than any specific revenge mission that made them so dominant.

"I think in the first game we weren't aware of each other yet," the Coominya resident said.

"Now we're gelling and know where we're going.''

It is Elton's first year with the Flyers and she couldn't have asked for a better introduction to the SEQ Challenge Division One competition.

The Flyers have lost three games so far as they have bedded in new combinations following a high turnover of players since last season.

It hasn't deterred Elton (pictured) though.

"I love it," the 19-year-old nursing student said.

"Everybody is so supportive. It's all you could ask for really."

Before joining the Flyers, Elton had played Division 2 netball with Goodna and for the Flyers under 19s.

But, as is the case with her club side Brothers, she has either been used as a shooter or circle defender.

So the move to wing defence has taken some adjustment. "At first I struggled to know where to position myself," she said.

"I still need to know how to block my player out of the game completely.

"There's always room for improvement.

"Like bringing the ball from defence to attack."

The way Elton has already adapted indicates those improvements will inevitably come with time.

She already considers herself a much better player than the one who started the season. "I've improved my footwork and holding on the circle," she said.


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