Team just a shadow of the past

STAR: Pink Panthers’ Lorraine Cole brings the ball into attack.IN A bitter blow for the Mount Isa Amateur Netball Association, Spinifex Shadows have pulled out of the competition.

Shadows struggled through the season with limited numbers, before ultimately pulling the pin on their team earlier this week.

The association will work with Shadows’ players still willing to play, moving them to suitable teams respective of grading.

On the court, round eight action is highlighted by several enthralling clashes, poised to split the women from the girls.

Merilyn Harding’s Isa News Remploy take on 2PH Redbacks in the showcase match of the 7.30pm time slot.

Redbacks will be fresh after their bye last week, while Remploy will take plenty of confidence from their 13-point win over Cruisers.

HV&IS Vixens and Strikers are one of two intriguing battles set to take place from 6pm.

Vixens went down to the dominant Isa News Pirtek last start, but can take heart from the fact they weren’t completely played off the court.

Like Pirtek, Strikers are one of the powerhouse teams in the competition, so it will be no means be a walk in the park for Vixens.

2Ph Timewarps and Snow Leopards will also be a match worth watching, as Christine Sonego, Alaina Ardrey and Renee Gattera and co. build on last week’s 41-20 victory over Matariki 3.

Of the division one sides in action, Matariki take on Stingers while Isa News Pirtek sit out due to the absence of Shadows.

Round 8 Mount Isa Netball Association fixture

(Time Court Team 1 Team 2 Umpires)

4.30pm court 2 Pink Panthers v GSCC, Assoc & HV&IS Vixens; 4.30pm court 3 Isa News CNW jnr v Shooting Stars, Matariki 4 & Isa News 5; 4.30pm court 4 Victorious Secrets v Isa News CNW 2, Assoc & Shadows; 6pm court 2 Isa News 5 v Matariki 4, Isa News CNW jnr & Shooting Stars; 6pm court 3 Isa News Mitech v Nettaroos, Ultimates & Workpac Warriors; 6pm court 4 Strikers v HV&IS Vixens, Matariki & Stingers; 6pm court 6 2PH Timewarps v Snow Leopards, Matariki 3 & Thunder; 6pm court 7 Super Nova v Sparks, Isa News Pirtek & GSCC; 6pm court 8 Matariki 2 v St Joeys, Isa News Remploy & 2Ph Redbacks; 7.30pm court 2 Matariki 3 v Thunder, Isa News Mitech & Nettaroos, 7.30pm court 3 Ultimates v Workpac Warriors, 2Ph Timewarps & Snow Leopards; 7.30pm court 4 Matariki v Stingers, Assoc & Strikers; 7.30pm court 7 Isa News Remploy v 2Ph Redbacks, Super Nova & Sparks. Byes – Isa News Pirtek, 2Ph Shots & Cruisers

Court duties: set up – GSCC, close – 2PH Redbacks

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