The Tassie Spirit have held out a passionate Netball NSW Blues in front of their home fans, winning their Week 7 2013 Australian Netball League match by three goals, 46-43.
NNSW Blues Captain Jessica Calderara said it was tough going out on court, but she was proud of how her young teammates dealt with the pressure.
“Tassie are always really physical and we certainly saw that tonight, but I thought we did well for about 50-55 minutes of the game, it just wasn’t enough in the end,” Calderara said.
“The girls did a really great job tonight. They were patient in attack and our defence across the court was really great, but when the going got tough our concentration just slipped and that’s just something that will come with experience.”
“Now we have to turn our attention to Southern Force tomorrow night, our final hit-out of the season. We will be looking to go back to basics, back to the simple things that we do well, and hopefully we can step up and enjoy a win to finish off the season,” Calderara concluded.
Little could separate the two sides for the opening quarter, with the NNSW Blues the first to hit the lead. However the advantage never got beyond two goals as the visitors continued to work hard to move the ball to their tall timber, GS Sophie Gunn, to find the post.
After evening the scoreboard with a minute to play, a long bomb into Gunn saw her score with seconds to spare to see the Spirit take a slim one goal lead into the first break, 12-11.
The Tasmanians took their momentum into the second quarter, scoring the first run of goals to open up their lead. But the young NNSW Blues side weren’t to be discouraged, with the defensive duo of WD Maddie Hay and Captain Jessica Calderara in GD taking vital intercepts to gain possession.
Halfway through the quarter the home side had pulled back the deficit to even the scoreboard, however much like the quarter before GS Gunn put a goal up in the final seconds to see the Tassies with a one goal advantage at half time, 22-21.
NNSW Blues Head Coach Moira Gaha made a raft of changes to her attacking end for the start of the second half, bringing on Stephanie MacGougan (WA), Katie Maguire (c) and Georgia Marshall (GS) to partner Vice-Captain Vanessa Mullampy (GA).
The game picked up where it left off with the two sides traded goals with neither gaining advantage on the scoreboard. After the attacking combination began to settle into the match, the goals came for the NNSW Blues and after seven minutes of play they hit the front.
The home side were able to win the quarter by 11 goals to nine to take the lead into the final break, 32-31.
Tassie Spirit came out firing for the final 15 minutes, putting on the first four goals to take back the lead. But again the NNSW Blues worked themselves back in the game, once again finding themselves within a whisper of the visitors by one goal.
As the game wore on players became fatigued as the intensity of the match began to take its toll. Soon the Spirit had pulled away to a five goal lead with GS Gunn having a huge influence in the final quarter.
Despite a fast finish from the NNSW Blues the home side ran out of time, with the Tassie Spirit posting a three goal victory, 46-43.
The NNSW Blues will be back tomorrow night, Saturday 17 August, to take on the defending champions Southern Force at 6.45pm at the Anne Clark Centre.
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NNSW BLUES Q1: 11 – Q2: 21 (10) – Q3: 32 (11) – Q4: 43 (9)
TASSIE SPIRIT Q1: 12 – Q2: 22 (10) – Q3: 31 (9) – Q4: 46 (15)
NNSW BLUES: 43/66 @ 65%
Vanessa Mullampy: 17/26 @ 65%
Holly Pearce: 16/21 @ 76%
Georgia Marshall: 10/19 @ 53%
TASSIE SPIRIT: 46/53 @ 87%
Sophie Gunn: 33/37 @ 89%
Kate Costelloe: 13/16 @ 81%
Teams Starting Positions
NNSW BLUES: GS Vanessa Mullampy (vc), GA Holly Pearce, WA Georgia M. Marshall, C Sophie Halpin, WD Katie Maguire, GD Jessica Calderara (c), GK Nicole Styles
TASSIE SPIRIT: GS Sophie Gunn, GA Kate Costelloe (c), WA Sophia Saunders, C Kelsie Rainbow, WD Ebony Roberts, GD Dannie Carstens, GK Kirra Parsons
Q2 – GS Pearce, GA Mullampy, WD Madeline Hay; Q3 – GS Georgia Marshall, WA Stephanie MacGougan, C Maguire; Q4 Timeout – GS Mullampy.
Q3 – WA Rainbow, C Saunders.