Firies have a burning ambition at Coffs games

ANGIE Rider and her colleagues hope to set the netball court ablaze during the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games this week.

The Flames team is comprised of firefighters from the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade, and Angie has high hopes for them in the competition now under way at Coffs Harbour's Vost Street Netball Centre.

“We're undefeated since we put the team together five years ago,” she said.

“Our feeling is we will come up against the Victorian Police in the final.”

Most of The Flames are former or existing State League players who share an abiding love of netball.

Angie, 40, who has just had twins, has been playing the game most of her life.

She became a firefighter five years ago because she wanted 'a job with a difference'.

“I'm an ex-Ansett flight attendant, so I had to get a new job, and I didn't want an office job,” she said.

  • The netball competition boasts 18 women teams and three mixed teams including a fine Coffs Harbour contingent and representatives from other parts of NSW, as well as South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.

All eyes will be trained on NSW assistant police commissioner, Dave Hudson, when he takes to the court this afternoon.

Play started yesterday and will continue today. Tomorrow is a rest day ahead of Saturday's finals.

  • NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione was due to visit Games venues yesterday to show his support for the athletes and to attend last night's official sponsors' appreciation dinner, but he was called back to Sydney at the last minute.

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