Jemma Evans and Holly Bryant fight it out. Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times
Jemma Evans and Holly Bryant fight it out. Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times Annie Perets

Holly hot shots into coach role

FOR 14-year-old Holly Bryant, the netball carnival at the weekend in Monto was more than just a chance to play.

"I've been coaching the under 12s for the past three weeks and it's rewarding to see them in action," she said.

"You get to see the players that will be coming into your team for next year."

Her team, the Gayndah Hot Shots, took out the Central Burnett Challenge for 2015 in U15s.

"I don't want it all to end 'cause training and playing is just so fun," she said.

To make the day even more special, the team's assistant coach Kirsty Robertson's birthday fell onto the carnival date.

Netball is definitely not just for the girls, as demonstrated by pals Jordan Wilson and Izac Pointon.

"I play it to learn more skills and it helps out in other sports," Jordan said.

Izac got into netball because his mum started coaching.

"It's just good to learn new skills, as otherwise I mainly play rugby league," he said.

Jordan has a tip for staying energised for the day.

"I love eating mangoes and strawberries," Jordan said.

Monto player Shae Baldwin has some sweet advice on her method.

"We drink a lot of PowerAde and water, and eat lollies to keep sugar up," she said.

"The next day after the carnival you feel sore and your muscles burn."

A highlight of the day from the Monto side was Prue Dow, who shot 10 goals in one half.

"I concentrate hard, and flick wrist," she said.

"I practice most afternoons after school, but I usually score three or four goals, not 10."

Winners

Under 8: Winners: Dubb Cubs. Runners Up: Gayndah Stars. Most Valuable Players: Addison Smith and Nikkita Parsons. Under 10: Winners: Monto Firegirls. Runners Up: Gayndah Thunder. Most Valuable Player: Ella-Jade Reinke. Under 12: Winners: Mundubbera Dream Team. Runners Up: Monto Panthers. Most Valuable Player: Ali Kassulke. Under 15: Winners: Gayndah Hot Shots. Runners Up: Mundubbera Mighty Dubbs. Most Valuable Player: Shawna Pope.


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