WEATHERING TOUGH CONDITIONS: Ipswich under-13 goal defence Darcie Smith fires a pass away in yesterday’s rainy conditions at the state titles at Doris Howes Complex.
WEATHERING TOUGH CONDITIONS: Ipswich under-13 goal defence Darcie Smith fires a pass away in yesterday’s rainy conditions at the state titles at Doris Howes Complex. Sarah Harvey

Ipswich brigade laps up success at challenging state comp

MOTHER Nature's best efforts could not put a dampener on the Ipswich Netball Association's successful hosting of the state age titles.

The carnival ended yesterday in drenched conditions, but went off without a hitch.

"It was pleasing that it all ran so smoothly," INA representative facilitator Nicole Spark said.

"We've held it before so you learn from it.

"We had so many compliments from people saying we have the best facilities.

"We're very blessed."

Ipswich wasn't blessed by the weather, particularly yesterday. Some associations decided to forfeit and head home early.

"Everyone played a little bit more cautiously in the wet," Spark said.

"If anything there were more injuries on Sunday and Saturday when it was dry."

Ipswich is also blessed with young netballers, who did their city and region proud with their performances and attitude.

While the 14s, 15s and 16s all did well to finish mid-table, the under-13 team ended the tournament undefeated in Division 2, drawing one game over the long weekend.

They continued the resurgence of the Ipswich juniors, with the under-14s claiming a champions trophy last year.

"We're getting better and better," Spark said. "It's good to get the trophy.

"The girls played tremendously well."

Ipswich under-13 coach Kaye Suthers couldn't have been happier, saying the girls had far exceeded her expectations.

"They had the fire in their bellies and went out for the win," she said.

"The girls kept their heads. Everything we've been doing at training they stuck to in their games and they wanted to win."



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