Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Barb Can't Wait to Get Her Claws into Ergon Contest

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Barb Can't Wait to Get Her Claws into Ergon Contest

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

NETBALL: Coach Barb Ahmat knows this weekend will be tough for the Capricorn Claws but her message is "bring it on".

Ahmat and her squad know it won't be easy facing some of the best players in the state, but is undaunted by the challenge.

The Claws are off to Brisbane for round two of the Ergon Energy Championships with a one win and four loss record from the opening round of games at Townsville.

The task of beating teams from metropolitan areas is tough, but she has faith in her squad to squeeze out at least one more win than last time.

"We learned from the round at Townsville, that is the big thing," she said.

"The main thing is the adjustment to different umpiring."

She said in other areas there is a different interpretation of rules by umpires. Ahmat does not use that as an excuse, but some players took a while to adjust to more whistling in games than they might hear locally.

The test of whether a team is learning comes from their continuing improvement and Ahmat said she saw signs of that at Townsville.

"The last game against Brisbane East was our best," she declared.

Another adjustment local players are forced to make is the court surface.

Netball in Rockhampton is played on bitumen, but most of the other centres enjoy indoor facilities and play their matches on a wooden surface. …

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