NNSW Waratahs top Tassie Spirit

The Netball NSW Waratahs notched their second win of the 2013 Australian Netball League on Sunday morning (July 28), defeating Tassie Spirit 50-41 in Week 4 action at Netball SA Stadium.

After a slow start in Saturday’s game against the Southern Force, the NNSW Waratahs had a blistering start against the Spirit to lead 17-11 at the first break.

NNSW Waratahs Head Coach Sue Hawkins said the team had addressed their slow start yesterday and implemented some pre-game changes to lift the team.

“I think it was definitely a differently feel in the team this morning. We did a lot of work on lifting our whole persona as a team from yesterday to today. We looked at our warm up, we looked at our preparation, at our team energy and we certainly addressed that,” Hawkins said.

After the opening quarter there was little to split the teams for the remainder of the game, going goal-for goal in the second quarter as the NNSW Waratahs held on to their six-goal lead.

The NNSW Waratahs held strong to edge ahead by one goal in the third, 40-33, and won the final quarter 10-8 to secure victory by nine goals.

Hawkins was pleased with the dogged defence, led by midcourter Ashlee Weir, and flow in attack throughout the match.

“Our give-and-go and drives and finishing off were a lot better [than last game]. We respected Tassie… they had a very tall shooter and she commanded that circle so we had to put a lot of attention on her and (GK) Elly Willan did a good job on that and eventually wore her down,” Hawkins said.

The coach was also happy with the new shooting combination tested in the game; Alix McDermott and Leah Shoard, paired together for the first time in the shooting circle this season as GS and GA respectively.

“Leah was strong and had good vision and connected really well with Alix, we had good shooter to shooter combinations,” Hawkins said.

After slotting a great volume of 29/34 attempts in the opening three quarters, the introduction of a new Tassie GK in the final term slowed McDermott’s scoring but Shoard stepped back into the mix with six goals in the final quarter to help the team to a nine-goal win.

The New South Wales team has a few days break before their third and final game of Week 4, when they take on the Netball NSW Blues in a local derby at Anne Clark Centre on Wednesday night (July 31) from 7:00pm.

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Quarter-by-quarter scores:
NNSW Waratahs: 17 – 29 (12) – 40 (11) – 50 (10)
Tassie Spirit: 11 – 23 (12) – 33 (10) – 41 (8)

Starting Line-ups:
NNSW Waratahs:
GS Alix McDermott
GA Leah Shoard
WA Taylah Davies
C Ashlee Weir
WD Nadja Kundrus-Little
GD Sam May
GK Elly Willan

Tassie Spirit:
GS Sophie Gunn
GA Kate Costelloe
WA Sophia Saunders
C Kelsie Rainbow
WD Kate Schwartz
GD Danielle Carstens
GK Hayley Sansom