The Canberra Darters suffered two defeats on the road to begin their 2014 Australian Netball League campaign.
The Darters went down to Tasmania Spirit 52-38 on Saturday night before losing to the Queensland Fusion 61-47 on Sunday.
Despite the two defeats their were a number of positive signs for the Darters who led the Spirit 12-10 at quarter time before trailing 27-23 at the half time break.
The Spirit increased their lead to eight goals at the end of the third quarter before finishing strongly in the final term to record a 14-goal victory in front of their home fans.
Darters goal shooter Alix McDermott was impressive landing 28 goals from 33 attempts at a shooting percentage of 85 per cent.
The game against Queensland Fusion was a case of two halves for the Darters who were slow out of the blocks trailing 19-8 at quarter time and then 41-16 at half time.
To the Darters credit they fought back in the third term winning the quarter 14-13 and were competitive in the final quarter turning a 25 goal half-time deficit into a 16 goal defeat at the final whistle.
Once again the Darters goal shooters shot well with Alison Miller scoring 17 goals from 18 attempts, while Alix McDermott 12/15 and Mardi Aplin 8/10 were also accurate in the circle.
The Darters will now regroup before again heading on the road to take on the NSW Waratahs and NSW Blues in Sydney this weekend.