From the coach
We go to the sideline this week, with Southern Force head coach Brian Lines giving his analysis of his side’s performance.
Game one was a great contest from the start, with both teams finding their feet in a high scoring first quarter. As the game went on, transitions began to click as our defensive effort managed to limit them to only eight goals in the second quarter to our 18. Sasha Glasgow was in great touch all game, continually offering a clear option under the post. She was well serviced by Rebecca Moyne, who was patient in centre and controlled in the midcourt role for most of the game.
We injected Amehlia Schmidt into the defensive circle in the second half, which allowed us to lift our intensity. Our defenders continue to restrict the Territory’s attack line and regularly provided a number of scoring opportunities to our goalies through good transitions.
Overall it was a great four quarters of netball from our perspective and the first time we have achieved this consistency in an ANL game.
FINAL SCORE SA 61 – NT 36
Our side was bolstered in game two with the inclusion of Gia Abernethy, Jane Cook and Charlee Hodges from the Thunderbirds squad.
While there was determination from the team to push for a strong win, the Territory Storm had a different plan and had clearly done some homework overnight. The defensive physical pressure caused our attack to look disjointed at times as we struggled to find our rhythm and flow. We had some awesome passages of play where the connections were great, but our execution of passes and feeds into the circle were a bit hit and miss.
The defensive work of the Force across the court was the highlight, with all 10 players contributing and restricting their supply to the goalers.
Taylor Greig came on for us in the second half in her first run at this level to replace Jane Cook and was a steady play maker. Her accurate shot was a steadier for us through the third and last quarter, until three minutes to go in the game and she rolled her ankle. Our shooting percentages across the board were not great for this level and this needs to improve in coming weeks.
It was not the game we were hoping for, but at this level no game is going to be easy and we must expect oppositions to change strategy from game to game and adjust to this. It was a good win to finish the weekend thanks to a strong full court defensive effort.
FINAL SCORE SA 54 – NT 36