Matika Laycock stars for Queensland U19s netball side
MATIKA Laycock’s netball career has only grown since she started as a junior in Injune.
The 18-year-old Brisbane-based university student was one of the few players from a regional area to play in the Queensland under-19s side in the National Netball Championships in Perth last week.
Laycock covered three positions playing for Queensland, who finished fifth in the highly competitive competition.
While a squad will be selected for both the National under-19s and under-20s squads from the NNC, the exercise and nutrition science student said she wasn’t getting too confident about her chances of further representative honours.
“I’ll just see what happens and be optimistic,” she said.
“I was very happy with my performance – I played three different positions after we had an injury.”
Laycock is an attacking player for the Brisbane West Lions in the State Netball League, which is two rungs below netball’s ultimate competition, the ANZ Championship.
Having taken out the Players Player and Most Valuable Player awards at the club, she said the constant training as part of the squad had helped her take her ability to the next level.
“We train a lot more, so I pretty much train at least once a day – being around such high level players, you just have to adapt to fit your surroundings,” she said.
“It’s worked out really well [with university] and it means I can balance things well.”
Her mother Sue said Matika also coaches primary school students at John Paul College and Year 10 students at St Peter’s College.
“She is very popular with the kids as she has a happy caring nature,” she said.
“She’s done it on her own – she’s a fitness fanatic and she loves every minute of it.”
While she might be taking it one step at a time, Laycock has dreams of reaching the next level of competition within three years.
“I would like to make the Fusion team, which is the level above the State League, so they’re the Queensland team in the Australian Netball League,” she said.