The Canberra Darters have recorded their first win of the Australian Netball League season overcoming a determined Territory Storm 53-49 in a tight contest at the AIS Arena.
The opening quarter was a tight affair as both sides were goal for goal ending the quarter locked at 12-all.
The second term was similar to the first with both the Darters and Storm trading goals.
For the Darters shooters Alix McDermott and Alison Miller were causing plenty of problems, while Storm captain Nicola Gray was providing plenty of drive through the midcourt.
The Darters managed to edge the second term and headed into halftime holding a three-goal break on the Storm (27-24).
Similar to the opening two quarters the third term was a real arm wrestle with both sides giving it everything.
The Storm got within a goal of the Darters before the home team’ defensive combination of Keely Rodrigo, Nardia McDonald, Michaley Phokos and Rebecca Collis, worked tirelessly to turn the ball over to score late goals to hold onto a three-goal margin at the three quarter time (38-35).
The final term was a thriller with the Darters maintaining their three goal break early on only for the Storm to fight back and trail 43-42 with nine minutes left on the clock.
The turning point of the final term came when Storm captain Nicola Gray went down with an ankle injury.
Gray’s absence saw the Darters score the next goal and stretch their lead to four with five minutes left on the clock.
Although the Storm tried hard they couldn’t bridge the gap and the Darters went onto record their first win of the season (53-49).
For the Darters goal shooter, Alison Miller scored 37 goals from 43 attempts, while goal attack Alix McDermott 16 goals from 19 attempts was also a handful.
For the Storm Michelle Winch 22 goals from 28 attempts and Rebecca Winch 27 goals from 33 attempts were also accurate in front of goal.
Photo: Ben Southall Photography