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Bar Flies back to defend title

The 2023 winning team, the Bar Flies from the Bar Association.

Barrister Caite Brewer admits she is a dedicated netball fan, whether it’s supporting the Firebirds in the Super Netball or her Bar Flies team in the Queensland Law Society mixed tournament.

This year’s QLS mixed netball competition on Friday, 19 July, will be played at a new venue – Brisbane City Indoor Sports at Coorparoo – with a new sponsor, Legal Home Loans.

And last year’s winners The Bar Flies will be back with new uniforms, and Caite is keen to get back on the court.


Caite is keen to get back on the court.

Caite and her friend Juanita Maiden (Mullins Lawyers) originally suggested QLS run a netball competition.

“I thought we might get one Bar team and maybe one or two solicitors teams to play, so I’m pretty excited as to how big the QLS comp has grown in just three years,” Caite said. 

“It’s (the team name) a Duncan McMeekin KC special, and yes, we love the name so we’re definitely keeping it!

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“It was fantastic (to win the tournament), even though I was injured and couldn’t play. I do feel my management of the team was instrumental.”

And playing and watching netball has been a family favourite, if not obsession.

“I’m probably what you’d call a little netty-obsessed. I’ve played since I was nine years old, with a few years off with pregnancy and young kids,” she said.

“I’m a Firebirds member and go to all the home games, and usually at least one away game in Sydney each year.

“I still play indoor, although I’m now getting to the age where people say to me on a semi-regular basis ‘it’s sooo great that you’re still playing, at your age!’ 

“I’m pleased to say I’ve passed my obsession onto my daughter, Bellah, who plays three nights a week (we play one night together) and we love watching all of the SSN games every weekend.  We’re pretty good armchair coaches too, ha ha.”

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There are 10 teams registered already with registrations closing at 5pm on Monday, 15 July.

The competition runs for one night only from 5.30pm – 9.45pm. Teams can register between seven to 10 players. Spectator tickets are also available via the registration page. The competition is open to non-members as well.

And Caite has thrown down the gauntlet to QLS members this year:

“Surely the solicitors’ branch don’t want to let the barristers win two years in a row… Watch out though, because we have new uniforms…”

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