I am so proud to be a Claw right now
Oh my goodness…what an incredible weekend of netball!!! I am so proud to be a Claw right now – and I have not wiped the smile off my face since taking the victory against the Tigers that secured our spot into the Prelim final in two weeks time!
I knew it was going to be a great weekend, but I didn’t hold any expectations – you can’t ever go into games as tough as these with an arrogant attitude. That will only take you down – not build you up. We on the other hand, went in confident, strong and united! We were one team, supported by the entire squad – all 15 team members on Saturday, and 14 of the 15 on Sunday – what a fantastic effort to have everyone there – something made possible by our fabulous sponsors – THANK YOU! Also made possible by the sponsors is the ability to have Garry and Kat travel with us – and we are not the Claws without them. They do so much for us, and we are forever in their debt. And I can’t leave out Barb & Carol. I could say them individually – but they really are a team effort. They work so well together – and I know that we did give them a scare (especially in the second game), sorry about that! But they are the driver behind our success. Barb, with our team pact – that really was the key to our success this weekend. And Carol, well she is just so much more than a manager and we would not be where we are without her, or Barb – the best team ever!
Anyway, back to the games…Wildcats on Saturday was a great game, and we just took it from the first whistle. We were up by 2 at half time, then we won the 2nd quarter by 6, the 3rd quarter by 5 and the 4th quarter by 5 also. So it was a consistent effort by the whole team! Lizzy was the standout for me – she just had a brilliant game giving option after option for the attacking end and feeding some brilliant balls into the shooters. But the whole team were on fire – not one single player could be disappointed with her game! Mo, Jacinta, Liz, Tracy, myself, Bec, Hoppy & Danni all took to the courts while Carmz & Claudia cheered loudly from the bench. It really was a team effort and we played so well to take the win! Well done girls!
Then we had a nice rest, something unprecedented for the Claws – we’re used to backing up for 4 games in a weekend and no less than 2 in a single day. But, we enjoyed the rest and took to the pool for recovery – ready for the game against the Tigers in the semi final.
It was an AWESOME game – and man am I proud to be a Claw! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done to all of the girls – the girls on the court, the girls on the bench and the girls in the squad cheering from the sideline. It was amazing. And I am so glad I was a part of.
it. We stayed on top of our game, played with intensity, fire and commitment – to each other and to the ball. We backed each other up and we drove hard and strong for the ball. Everyone all throughout the court took intercepts, but Danni & Hop were particularly outstanding. And personally – this was my most pleasing performance of the season. Tracy was insane in centre – she wiped the Tigers centre off the court with her skill and her legs! Lizzy was a pocket rocket and no one could keep up with her speed. Jacinta moved so swiftly, so smoothly! And Mo – well, we didn’t expect anything less than a powerhouse performance – and that’s exactly what we got! She was sensational, along with the whole team – we played like there was no tomorrow!
GO THE CLAWS! It’s not over yet – Prelim finals in 2 weeks against the Lynx. It will be a tough match, but we’re used to tough matches now! We just need to build on what we’ve learned so far, and strengthen the unit that we’ve already got! We are a team that should not be underestimated…I’ve been saying that all along – but I’m not sure if any of the Brisbane teams have been paying attention. Maybe they will now…
THE CLAWS ARE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!! YEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!
Author: Kahlee Saunders Posted: July 12, 2010