RGS Magic wing defence Ellie Gambling will work hard to keep the ball down her side’s attacking end in tonight’s game against Angels Titans.
RGS Magic wing defence Ellie Gambling will work hard to keep the ball down her side’s attacking end in tonight’s game against Angels Titans. Sharyn Oneill

RGS expecting magic from Lawrie

IT IS hard to expect too much from one player, but centre Ella Lawrie is the big hope for her young Rockhampton Grammar School team when taking on Angels Titans tonight.

The RGS Magic team put together a not-so-solid half of netball in round one against Bluebirds, and will need to step up their form across all quarters if they are to get a first-up win in A-grade netball tonight.

RGS Magic is improving as a unit but coach Emma Pershouse said they cannot buy experience and it does not arrive overnight, no matter how talented the individuals.

"We will head into this weekend's game full of confidence," Pershouse said.

"Remembering that they are very experienced with players like Simone Hitchcock lining up in their side.

"We will have to go back to basics, much like we did against them in our grading games where we came out with a good win and draw against them."

Lawrie has A-grade experience and Pershouse has had to ask a lot of the centre court player, keeping her very busy throughout grading games.

"Ella is in high demand having played with the Claws and in other representative sides," she said.

Despite RGS Magic being relatively small in the defensive circle, it is always very busy and able to cut down the supply of ball for bigger opposition shooters.

"Our defensive area is very experienced, saying that of grade 11 and 12 girls," Pershouse said.

"We are good at making sure our little things are right, making sure every opportunity we have we score.

"Whether we win, lose or draw it all comes down to our performance."

In grading game matches this season RGS Magic proved to be a team capable of lifting its game if required.

"We are strong, we have youth and a bit sharper reflex and agility skills," Pershouse said.

"Our skill work is very good. It's more the internal mind strength that we need to work on."

The full strength side will head in to tonight's game, with Pershouse confident her younger players can step up to the challenge.

"We look towards Sophie Bowland, the youngest and the smallest, but she is has the ability there to be a huge asset to our attacking circle," she said.

"Ellie Gambling is another young one who played really outstanding in the grading games; we will be looking for her to step up in defence, (and) possibly throwing her into the circle."

A win for RGS Magic will provide a little breathing space from the chasing pack, with the side moving a step closer towards their overall goal of top four.

Action begins today at Jardine Park with RGS Magic taking on Angels Titans at 6.15pm.



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