Author: Alanna Mullan (Magpies Netball)
The Tasmanian Magpies have gone down to the NSW Waratahs in both games in round five.
Magpies’ coach Elissa Kent admits losing Saturday’s game by a single goal was a hard pill to swallow.
“We definitely did not give our best performance out there but that’s also a huge credit to the Waratahs for denying us the ability to perform as we like to,” Kent said.
The Pies were too inconsistent and struggled to capitalise on their opportunities early on.
But it wasn’t all gloom with the match providing another good opportunity for all players to take to the court and step up in the vital moments of the game.
It was much of the same story for the Pies on the Sunday, going down to the Waratahs, 46 to 50.
At times, the Pies were able to make dominant leads but they failed to build on that throughout the remainder of the match.
Kent admitted that the losses were good lessons for the Pies as they prepare for their two final games of the home and away season.
“It was great to be challenged at this stage in the competition and have that reminder that if you don’t bring your A-game as a team or do your role as individuals you can’t expect to win,” Kent said.
The Pies will now prepare for the all-Victorian derby when they take on the Fury in round six.
Kent says the upcoming games will give her side more exciting opportunities to develop.
“Fury are on top of the table and in really good form so they will be tough to beat.
“The girls will no doubt love playing on Melbourne Arena and having a home game for the Melbourne athletes.”
ANL Round 6 – Victorian Fury
Game 1 – Sunday 9th, 3pm at State Netball & Hockey Centre.
Game 2 – Monday 10th at 2.30pm – Melbourne Arena.