Warwick 2 won the inter-district 15/16 years division 2 netball premiership. (Back, from left) Bella Newton, Caitlin Skaines, Caitlin McKenzie, Jasmine Olzard, (front) Aliza Hoffman, Ashleigh McLean, Hayleigh Cartwright, Kaitlin Thorne in recent years. Brianna Mullaly was also in team. Jess O'Brien was coach and Rachel McLean manager.
Warwick 2 won the inter-district 15/16 years division 2 netball premiership. (Back, from left) Bella Newton, Caitlin Skaines, Caitlin McKenzie, Jasmine Olzard, (front) Aliza Hoffman, Ashleigh McLean, Hayleigh Cartwright, Kaitlin Thorne in recent years. Brianna Mullaly was also in team. Jess O'Brien was coach and Rachel McLean manager. Paul Lynch/Toowoomba Netball Ass

District carnival in netball at weekend

Netball Chat with Linda Bunch

NINE Warwick representative teams compete in the finals of the Darling Downs Inter-district competition this Sunday.

There are some very good teams in this mix and will make the day hard-fought and challenging with their endeavours to bring home the top place trophy.

I was very interested to read Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander's reasoning and summary of the recently selected Australian Diamond team to compete in next month's Netball World Cup.

I found myself wishing these younger players about to compete in finals had the knowledge to appreciate the top level selection process and game needs.

But alas, us more mature individuals can claim benefits the youth of our beloved sport are yet to acquire.

Lisa's report highlighted topics including player maturity and players' personal statistics being important but not everything.

The need for players to know their own job and execute it to precision, and perhaps most importantly, linking with the next group of players in the chain which is "the team” on court.

Naturally player maturity isn't another birthday being celebrated but the ability of the players to analyse the game and their decision-making capacity whilst on court in the thick of the game.

I particularly appreciated her analogy of the midcourt defenders job "to be between the opposition player and her goal circle, making delivery of the ball to the shooter difficult”.

Quite simple really - not!

I hope the Warwick teams take a leaf from Lisa Alexander's book and put into play their learnings from training sessions, not letting the excitement or nerves overwhelm them, doing their individual jobs on court and connecting well with their fellow players.

Successful implementation may equal an abundance of trophies brought home.

Good luck ladies.

See club netball scores from WIRAC games in Thursday's edition each week