Round 4 saw another tough weekend of netball for our Tasmanian Magpies who played their first ever match in Launceston against the Southern Force.
Some small passing mistakes saw a loss in our first match on Saturday, with the Force walking away from the win, 50-44.
The players came back refreshed and energised for the second match on Sunday. The first half saw a tight battle with fantastic one-on-one play from both teams.
The Magpies started off strong, taking the lead within the first five minutes of the match and held through to the very end.
Unfortunately, our girls were stunted when Wing Attack and co-captain, Ella Bayliss landed on her left knee. Scans have confirmed a small fracture in her tibia and she will miss the remainder of the ANL season.
Co-captain Hayley Samsom said, “We all just tried to remain composed and bonded well together. We knew the skills needed to get the job done.”
Our girls pulled through to claim victory by a goal, 50-49. Co-captain, Hayley Samson acknowledged, “playing in front of a big home crowd in Tasmania increased our determination to win on the Sunday.”
Matilda Garrett starred in defence, standing tall and delivering some tight body-on-body play.
Goal Shooter, Elizabeth Nicol’s accuracy was on point, only missing two goals (36/38).
Force’s Goal Shooter, Charlee Hodges was also on fire, achieving 10 out of 13 goals. Their Wing Defence, Emily Burgess also produced some fantastic holds on Bayliss and created space as an alternative option through the mid-court.
Round 5 will see the Tasmanian Magpies fly to Brisbane to battle it out against the Territory Storm, at the Logan Metro Sports Centre on Saturday 18 March at 2.30pm and again at 9am on Sunday 19 March at the same venue.
Samsom believes the team is preparing well and is confident with the Territory currently sitting on the bottom of the ladder.