Star Studded Firebirds Start Pre-Season

Gretel Tippett. Image: www.pieandbovril.com

The Queensland Firebirds have hit the gym in pre-season training designed to have them go one better in this year’s ANZ netball championship.

After their heartbreaking grand final loss the team has changed its strategy. They now boast a defensive wall arguably the envy of the league. Diamonds defender Bec Bulley and Toowooba’s Laura Clemesh are new recruits adding spine and sting to an already impressive side.

But scoring power didn’t go begging either. Rising superstar Beryl Friday and ex-basketballer Gretel Tippett join a star studded offensive line up.

Centre Verity Simmons talked about the Firebirds’ preparations.

“Our team is quite easy going and very easy to get along with.

“There is an amazing team culture up here that comes with being a Queensland team, with our fans, and with the whole of Queensland.”

The Firebirds came achingly close to winning back-to-back championships in 2013 (2 points) and 2014 (five points). Simmons believes the team were let down by not executing the simple things as they should

“It’s the basic things … we need to tighten the screws because as the Vixens showed us last season, it’s the one-percentages that count.”

Firebirds and Diamonds captain Laura Geitz has come out of knee surgery and re-joined the squad in training.

“Geitzy is on the mend … she is looking fit and healthy,” said Simmons.

The ANZ Netball season kicks off in March 1 with the firebirds facing the Melbourne Fever at the Brisbane convention and Exhibition Centre.

It will be a cracker!

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