INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Goodna Sapphires goal defence Rebecca Asquith.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Goodna Sapphires goal defence Rebecca Asquith. Rob Williams

Aussie representative plays key role for Goodna

HAVING represented Australia at last year's World Cup, Rebecca Asquith is one of the senior players in this season's unbeaten Goodna Sapphires team.

Asquith was joined in the national indoor netball team by her Sapphires captain Robyn Walsh, who led the Australian combination.

The Aussie women made the grand final in New Zealand, losing their only game of the tournament to England.

Months later in the expanded Queensland Premier League SEQ Cup competition, the Sapphires remain undefeated from their five games.

The Goodna Netball Association-backed team is in third spot behind Caboolture and competition leaders Metropolitan Districts, who have a game in hand.

The Sapphires face Metropolitan Districts next week after their latest clash against Redcliffe on Thursday night.

Having played in all five Sapphires wins this season, goal defence Asquith backs her closeknit team to provide strong challenges each week.

"We have got really good combinations and we get on really well, on and off the court, so that really helps,'' she said. "We're very happy how we are going at the moment.''

Asquith played alongside her current teammates at MacGregor before accepting the offer to represent Goodna in the new competition.

The national title-winning state player said the Sapphires had goal shooter Crissy Peever back on Thursday night but were without Beth Hay and Nicole Theron.

"We've got quite a versatile team so when we're missing players we can cover it quite nicely,'' she said.

As the Sapphires look to continue their winning run, the fourth-placed Ipswich Flyers are bracing for their biggest test of the season against Metropolitan Districts on Thursday night.

After their first loss, the Flyers responded well last week, beating Redcliffe 68-42 at the State Netball Centre.

But last year's grand finalists will need a powerhouse performance tonight with goal keeper Darcie Smith away representing St Mary's College at a school carnival.

"Other than Darcie, all of us are fit and healthy,'' captain Emilie McInally said.

"We are not going into the game with any preconceived ideas. We'll just stick to our own style of game and our own pace.''

McInally said the Flyers were working on keeping focused for a full quarter, which she said the team achieved last Thursday night against Redcliffe.

State of play

Qld Premier League SEQ Cup Rd 7: Thursday - 6.30pm: Goodna Sapphires v Redcliffe. 8pm: Ipswich Flyers v Metropolitan Districts at State Netball Centre.

Round 6: Goodna d Redlands 55-48, Ipswich Flyers def Redcliffe 68-42.