Emer Dowling and Brodie Bowyer are members of the champion Australian under-21 indoor netball team.
Highvale’s Brodie Bowyer and Lawnton’s Emer Dowling have led Australia to a clean sweep of the Indoor Netball World Cup.
Both players were members of Australia’s all-conquering under-21 women’s team that went through the recent tournament undefeated, winning all 14 games.
Bowyer said she thoroughly enjoyed the tournament, played at the Brisbane West Indoor Sports Centre at Darra from 10-17 June.
“It was really good, really enjoyable. Everyone got along and we all just had a good time,” she said.
After weeks of cardio and gym work as part of training, it all paid off as Australia never looked like
losing a game in the weeklong tournament, posting an average winning margin of 39 goals.
Bowyer played in the goal attack position, which is one of two main players who shoot for the hoop.
Although she can’t remember off the top of her head how many goals she scored, she assures it was enough.
“I can’t remember how many, but I think there were a fair few,” Bowyer laughs.
Australia played England in the grand final of the Super 6’s competition, thrashing them by 52 goals, winning 79-27.
It was Australia’s biggest winning margin of the Super 6’s matches.
The host team then beat South Africa in the final of the seven-a-side competition, winning 61-29.
The Australian co-captain, Dowling knew it was going to be a challenging tournament, although she was confident in her team.
“Our team looks awesome. It’s the strongest team we’ve had in a while,” she said before the tournament began.
Having played netball from the age of five, Dowling was one of the best players in the Australian squad, with Bowyer backing up this claim.
“Emer definitely played well for us, and Jess (Ritchie) our co-captain played great,” Bowyer said.
Arana Hills’ Tyron Kurth played in the Australian men’s team that won both its Super 6’s and seven-a-side competitions, beating New Zealand in both finals.