FIGHTING FIT: Natasha Cross, Keely Dodd and Emily Arnold participating in the Wide Bay Thundercats fitness session at the Bundaberg Super Park last month.
FIGHTING FIT: Natasha Cross, Keely Dodd and Emily Arnold participating in the Wide Bay Thundercats fitness session at the Bundaberg Super Park last month. Mike Knott BUN301016NETBALL9

Thundercats are go: New team named

WITH a combination of experience and new talent, the Wide Bay Thundercats believe they are ready to be more competitive next season.

Announcing a 12 women squad for the upcoming Queensland State Netball Country Division 2 competition, six players remain from last year with the others all coming into the team for the first time.

In an all-Bundaberg side, with no players from outside of the city trialling, the focus for the squad was getting height into the side.

After struggling in that area last year coach Sandy Baker said she was pleased with the side selected.

"It's a good balance of experience with a bit of youth,” she said.

"We wanted a key player in each third and we feel that has been achieved with the side chosen.”

Baker also praised the new recruits.

"We have a tall in attack with Jaime Burgess, Demi Burgess' sister, in the team this year,” she said.

"Emily Arnold is also in the centre for us and she will add a bit of spring to the side.”

Most importantly for Baker she feels the side is capable of being competitive.

After one draw in 12 games last year, she said the time has come to not be beaten by 20 to 30 goals in games.

"All I'm going for this year is to be competitive,” she said.

"I'll be concentrating on our training and making sure we are a stable outfit.”

And Baker will have plenty of time to train with the season now scheduled to start in March next year.

"Last year threw us completely, with one week to train, so now we can be more prepared,” she said.

"We've got a good squad so we hope to do well.”

The Thundercats will start full training for next season in two weeks time.



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