The Canberra GIANTS have recorded their opening win of the Australian Netball League defeating the NSW Waratahs 46-45 in a nail-biting encounter at the Genea Netball Centre in Sydney.
The Canberra GIANTS were determined to bounce back from Saturday night’s 58-50 loss to the Waratahs and came out strongly in the opening quarter.
They led 13-10 at the first break and were able to maintain their three-goal advantage at the half-time break (26-23).
Both sides maintained their intensity in the third quarter but it was the Canberra GIANTS who were able to stretch their lead to 38-33 heading into the final term.
In a gripping final quarter the Waratahs threw everything at the Canberra GIANTS and got within one goal of drawing level.
However, the Canberra GIANTS were able to hang on for a well-deserved victory.
“It certainly got tight in the end with the game going right down to the final minute,” Canberra GIANTS co-coach Sharyn Hill said.
“But the girls hung in their under pressure to come away with a much deserved win.”
“Both sides played well but from our point of view we were really happy with the four quarter effort.”
“It’s that consistency over four quarters that we are looking for from the players.”
Game one played on Saturday night saw the Waratahs come away with an eight-goal victory.
The Waratahs held a slender 13-12 opening quarter lead, which they were able to stretch to seven goals at halftime.
The Canberra GIANTS came back strongly in the third term to narrow the deficit to two goals but they couldn’t maintain the momentum in the final term with the Waratahs running out deserved winners.
The Canberra GIANTS will again be at home next week when they take on the Western Sting at the Genea Sports Centre.
Game one will played at 4pm on Saturday, 25 February with game two to take place at 11am on Sunday, 26 February.
Narelle Spangher/Netball NSW