13 Sep Cougars and Jets battle for supremacy
The Brisbane North Cougars and the Ipswich Jets are both unbeaten in the HART Sapphire Series this year, but only one will remain so after they face each other at Nissan Arena this Sunday at 5pm.
Their encounter is fittingly scheduled in Round 5 of the competition after they have each played, and beaten, every other team.
Throughout those matches the pair have established themselves as the favourites to face off in the Grand Final, scoring 50 more goals and conceding 20 fewer goals than their four opponents, and winning almost every quarter they’ve played.
Ipswich Jets Head Coach, Tracey Jeanes-Fraser, is pleased with her team’s performances this season heading into the pivotal clash.
“I think from a Jets overall perspective, both the Sapphire and Ruby teams, we’ve done really well over the past four weeks,” Jeanes-Fraser said.
“I’m really pleased with the girls. They’re really working extremely hard in our training and applying the game plans we’re trying to put out against the opposition.”
The Jets line-up features some of the most talented players in the state, including Goal Shooter Charlie Bell, Wing Attack Stephanie O’Brien and Goal Keeper Bridey Condren, who recently made her debut in the Suncorp Super Netball for West Coast Fever.
“Bridey is an exceptional player. She has so much passion and drive to be the best that she can be so she’s taking on any feedback that she can,” Jeanes-Fraser explained.
“As a team we’ve been working really hard on challenging ourselves and not getting caught up in our normal ways, and that’s something that Bridey has done really well.”
Condren and her teammates come up against a dynamic Cougars side that has impressed each time they have stepped onto the court and, like the Jets, boasts stars in all areas of the court.
The Cougars have outscored the Jets every week so far and Jeanes-Fraser is well aware of the threat posed by Rylie Holland and Mia Stower, having coached them in the Queensland Fusion team last year.
“Rylie and Mia work extremely well together and we know that’s a connection we need to shut down,” she said.
“I believe that the unit of Lia Woolnough, Siobhan Shirlaw and Bridey Condren provide some really good match-ups because they’re different bodies against different players.”
No matter the result, the game will set the tone for the remainder of the season and represents a crucial opportunity for Jeanes-Fraser and her counterpart Liz White to test their players against their possible Grand Final opponents.
“I think for our sake it’s a game that we need to put our stamp on to say we are someone to watch for the Grand Final.”
“If we get that win it’s certainly going to build our confidence as that team to be considering for the final environment.”
Catch all the action from 5pm this Sunday at Nissan Arena with tickets available from $10, or you can watch the game via live stream on our Facebook page.