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Cats believe it's time to claw back

Netball - Thundercats players (L) Bianca Coleborn and Katrina Tate.
Netball - Thundercats players (L) Bianca Coleborn and Katrina Tate. Alistair Brightman

AFTER months of hard work and coming so close to the line, it's time to break the drought and score a win.

That's the message from Wide Bay Thundercats netball coach Kerianne Farrelly.

The new-look side will open their 2014 season against Marlin Coast Marlins on Saturday night in Brisbane.

Since taking on the top job at the start of 2013, Farrelly has been searching for her inaugural win.

"We finished bottom last year," she said. "Some close games that we're definitely going to have to fight for this season."

The Thundercats will field an almost unrecognisable side with only three players from last year remaining.

Farrelly cites opportunity as the main reason the younger players move away.

"Unfortunately for our region we became the development area for netball because our university students end up going," she said.

"We basically develop them here for them to move on."

Farrelly admits they have a job ahead.

"Strategically thought-out games is how we're going to win them.

"This team is an amazing unit."

Players in the Thundercats talent pool have been selected from as far west as Kingaroy and as south as Gympie.

The diversity is something Farrelly believes is an advantage.

"These girls have bonded - they're a strong unit," she said.

"What I need to see though is that carried on the court because they need to help each other and be supportive of each other.

"They've shown it off court, now they need to bring it on."

Their first home game will be on May 24 at the Hervey Bay PCYC.

Topics:  netball