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Tara Hinchliffe - STATE AGE. What it's like and how to control nerves!

Tara Hinchliffe is an experienced defender in the Suncorp Super Netball competition and is all too familiar with the Nissan State Age carnival having gone through the Netball Queensland pathway.

Tara grew up playing netball for Wavell and Ridgettes Netball Clubs, and represented Brisbane Netball Association at State Age.

What memories do you have from State Age?

I’m not exaggerating when I say that State Age are some of my happiest netball memories ever! I have vivid memories of playing in the rain every year, huddling in the tent with my teammates and all the craziness of sugar-filled sleep-deprived teenagers. These friendships are still some of my closest to date.

How do you handle nerves heading into a big game or tournament?

I really love when I feel nervous, because it means that I am excited and that I care about the result. I try to relax and have a laugh with my teammates, and I use their energy to switch my nerves to adrenaline and hunger.

What advice do you have for players heading to State Age?

Enjoy every moment! Playing so many games means the results might be quite up and down, but if you give it your all, stick with your teammates and look after yourself over the few days, it will be an amazing success.

What is your favourite quote?

Today I will be happier than a bird with a French fry!

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