Close calls add spice to comp
THERE were no major shocks in round one of the Rockhampton Leagues Club A-grade competition but there were a few frights.
Brothers Fuchsia came within a whisker of recording a surprise result when losing to Frenchville Brumbies by just three goals.
The 53-50 victory was achieved by Brumbies in the final quarter but Fuchsia, seen as a Brothers development team, never lost contact with their highly rated opponents.
"It was close in the end," Brumbies coach Sonia Cooper admitted, adding that she thought her players began to tire in the second half.
"We only had eight players on Wednesday night," she said.
While not wishing to name one player as outstanding, Cooper was happy with her goal-shooter Taylah Pringle's performance. "She went really well in the first half," she said.
Pringle also did a job for Brumbies at centre, which is an unusual combination of positions during a match.
"We've got a very versatile team," Cooper said. "But we did really well down our end of the court. We just gave over a few turnovers. We need to concentrate on our passes."
Also, with it being the first competition match, Brumbies were still concentrating on their combinations, Cooper said.
Bluebirds Hawks and Brothers Crimson both had games against young and inexperienced sides and won comfortably, by 27 goals against Rockhampton Grammar School Magic and Frenchville Mustangs respectively.
Bluebirds coach Barb Ahmat was happy with the 60-33 win over the school team. "Our timing was working really well," she said.
Despite the margin, Ahmat said she was impressed with RGS shooter Sophie Gedda.
"She stood out for me. She was very accurate," Ahmat said.
Getting the ball to Gedda was a problem RGS failed to solve, with Bluebirds wing-defender Sarah Jensen outstanding, making many critical intercepts.
"I don't know who was named our Rockhampton Leagues Club player of the day but none of our team would be surprised if she was the player of the match," the coach said.
Ahmat said Claws shooter Amanda Goody was also in form.
"She held up well under pressure," she said.
The pressure on Goody came from the supply of ball into the circle, which Ahmat said was fired in the general direction of their shooter.
"Her percentage was not as high as normal. She was in the high 70s," she said.
Ahmat played her two youngsters, Tia Konui and Keri Allen, in the attacking circle for the final quarter. "They finished off the game for us," she said.
There was drama for a Colts team that won comfortably, 43-25 on court against Capricorn Coast Seaspray Marlins, only to find out after the match they had been stripped of the competition points.
"The registration forms of one of the girls hadn't been fully filled in," team captain Carman Anderson said. "We lose the points automatically.
"Now we have to win enough games to make sure we don't end the season thinking we would be relying on those points (to make the finals)."
Colts were without Anna Reeve and Shanita Smith, while Anderson filled in at goal-keeper rather then play her normal mid-court roll.
This move released Danielle Wyngard to play goal-defence and match up on dangerous Marlins goal-attack Kirra-lee Leo.
Cap Coast did have a novel combination during the match, with Leo and her mother Katrina Whitham both in the attacking circle.
Anderson said another to perform well for Colts was Mel Hayman (formally Clarke), who was playing only her second match since her return to netball.
Snr A: Bluebirds Hawks 60 df RGS Magic 33, Frenchville Brumbies 53 df Brothers Fuchsia 50, Brothers Crimson 58 df Frenchville Mustangs 31, Colts Divas 43 df Cap Coast Marlins 25, Bye - Angels Titans