With finals only three rounds away, all teams in the Canterbury State League are hitting their form.
For the first time this season, Arawang was put to the test by Canberra, fighting out a 3-point win, 65-62. It was the battle of the goal shooters, with Canberra’s Nalani Makunde barely missing in the circle shooting at an incredible 96% and sinking 53 of the teams 62 goals. At the other end, Arawangs Fiona Morrissey shot with 95% accuracy. Makunde leads the league goal shooters with 294 goals followed by Morrisey on 243.
Since the last time they met, Canberra made significant changes to their defensive patterns forcing Arawang head coach, Kim Symons to change her teams attacking tactics. Her thoughts on the match;
“Canberra came out and had obviously done their homework on our attacking play. To their credit they just kept working away at us. They put the pressure on early and we made some silly mistakes and threw the ball away, which created an opportunity for them. We haven’t really been tested like that for a full game, and the fact the girls could then pull together and have the win is a credit to them.
Tonight our front line-up of Leigh Kalsbeek, Fiona Morrissey, and Jacoba Clough played really calm and that got us over the line. Next week we have Tuggeranong, we are looking to continue our good form. We obviously want to go through undefeated but we will take it game by game. After two tough losses, and a close game tonight they are going to come out firing”.
Tuggeranong went into Round 8 coming off two disappointing losses and looked like they were heading for a third against South Canberra. At three quarter time, there was only one-point difference between the two sides, but Tuggeranong managed to move ahead in the final quarter winning the match 47-41. South Canberra has been competitive all year but cannot put together four consistent quarters. Head Coach Matt Hills on Tuggeranong’s performance,
“We have been a bit of a performance hole, but that happens, particularly with changes in line-up and we have lost a couple of key pillar players this season with Jo Pivac through injury and Keely Rodrigo through Canberra Giants commitments. We have really gone back to basics this week and we saw glimmers that some of our form was returning. There is still a lot of work to do and we will be using the next two games to get ourselves as well prepared for finals as we can.
Michaley Phokos and Amber Brophy in Goal Attack played one of their better games for the season. A key for us, the past two weeks is we have played 16-year Taylah Chanceller, who is experiencing this level of netball for the first time and who is really shaping up to be a great prospect for ACT Netball.”
In the final game, Belconnen just got past the line against Queanbeyan, 39-37.
Tuggeranong defeated South Canberra – 47 to 41
Belconnen defeated Queanbeyan – 39 to 37
Arawang defeated Canberra – 65 to 62
Tuggeranong defeated South Canberra – 63 to 33
Queanbeyan defeated Belconnen – 34 to 32
Canberra defeated Arawang – 48 to 38
South Canberra defeated Tuggeranong – 55 to 49
Goulburn defeated Belconnen – 50 to 49
Arawang defeated Canberra – 44 to 28