DEFENSIVE STEEL: Pip Stockall combined with Angels defensive weapon Nicole McLaughlin in Wednesday night’s clash with Cap Coast.
DEFENSIVE STEEL: Pip Stockall combined with Angels defensive weapon Nicole McLaughlin in Wednesday night’s clash with Cap Coast. Allan Reinikka Rokanetball

Angels struggle where Marlins tread

ANGELS Titans have wrapped up a shaky start to the Rockhampton Leagues Club Senior A season, as the competition hopefuls failed to fire in Round 5.

A 63-29 loss to perennial grand finalist's Cap Coast Marlins in their final match-up before the Easter break capped off a series of tough performances for the Angels Senior A side.

The new-look Titans side struggled to find fluency in their through-court play, with even their top combinations lacking sharpness.

"Our conversions weren't there. We seemed to have a fairly good possession rate but couldn't get the points on the board," player-coach Simone Hitchcock said.

Hitchcock said the playing group had taken a while to adjust to the high standard of netball, but their poor connections in attack had given them a clear focus on what to work on.

She said forced attacking errors in their opening exchanges on Wednesday night created turn over opportunities for the Marlins.

"We are a bit disjointed in places and really need to work on moving the ball into the circle in a smoother way," Hitchcock said.

"We need to iron out those little things."

Despite the low score, Hitchcock praised the work of young attacker Shannon Hopkins, who she believed would improve as the year wore on.

"She's made the move across from Frenchville and has been slotted into the goal-attack position, which is very new for her," she said.

"She is manning up really well. Each week is a new learning park for her."

Angels new defensive partnership of Nicole McLaughlin and Philippa Stockall gained valuable minutes together and looked to be improving after some initial teething problems to start the season.

"We are pretty happy with our defence, they have been working really well together," Hitchcock said.

The Titans were looking strong in the opening rounds of competition with a 43-33 win over Frenchville Vipers, but the loss of goal-shooter Bridget Duffin in Round 3 was a turning point.

"We've been riddled with injuries. One of our centre court players Madi Dean has also been ruled out," Hitchcock said.

Despite the recent slump, Hitchcock is confident her girls can bounce back with Eleanor Duffin earning Wednesday's player-of-the-match rewards.

"We've had a different player named player-of-the-match every week, which goes to prove the amount of individual talent we have in our squad," Hitchcock said.

Players will take a two-week break for the Easter holidays with games set to resume on April 23.

RLC Senior A Round 5

 Brothers Crimson 75 - 35 Bluebirds Eagles

 Frenchville Brumbies 56 - 51 RGS Magic

 Colts Divas 62 - 38 Frenchville Vipers

 Cap Coast Marlins 63 - 29 Angels Titans

 Brothers Fuschia 51 - Bluebirds Hawks 30



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