Claws’ teenage wing defence Shanita Smith, practising her ball skills, took out the best on court against Tigers .
Claws’ teenage wing defence Shanita Smith, practising her ball skills, took out the best on court against Tigers . Contributed

Claws just not sharp enough

FOR COACH Barbara Ahmat the weekend results at Brisbane were not what she desired but nevertheless the Claws are going better than last season at the same time.

Playing teams from Brisbane is always tough and even though the Claws battled hard they still returned with losses against Brisbane East Tigers and Brisbane North Cougars.

On Saturday the Claws took the game with the Tigers to the wire.

“We lost by two goals, 51-49,” Ahmat said.

The Claws were down by 12 goals but fought back.

“Our defence is working good but we'll have to tidy up our attack,” she said after game one.

The Rockhampton Leagues Club best on court was teenage mid-court player Shanita Smith. Ahmat said Smith was against Tigers highly rated wing attack and yet played her out of the game.

The defence was also put under pressure by the Cougars in the second game and again Ahmat was not happy with the way her team's attack worked.

The coach said it was not the shooting percentages that were to blame but working the ball into the circle.

Against Tigers, Poppy Larson had a 78% shooting percentage and Kira-Lee Leo's success rate was similar.

The loss to the Cougars, probably the strongest team in the competition, was more emphatic – the Claws beaten by 55-26 with Ahmat again praising her defence.

None were better than Danielle Wingard who put in a big game.

The Cougars shooter was on fire in the opening quarter with a success rate of 13 from 15 shots. but then Ahmat introduced Wingard and her goals dried up.



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