The South East Demons overcame a poor second quarter to win a Friday night nail biter at the WA State Netball Centre by five goals against the fifth placed Rangers 49 – 44.
After a quarter and a half of trading goals, the Demons finally broke the deadlock in the last four minutes with some brilliant team defence led by hard-nosed GK Mia Spencer and the indefatigable centre court Lindal Rhode.
“I thought our defences did really well,” said Demon’s head coach Nicky Prothero.
“Mia (Spencer) was sensational on the rebounding and the outlets. I thought our defences did really well on Harisson, she’s a weapon so we just needed to keep stopping the ball to her and try to keep the ball off the top of the circle edge.”
The first quarter was typified by great synergy between both teams’ centre courts and shooters with Rhode continually putting the ball on a silver platter to GS Amber Harvey which gave them a two goal lead at quarter time.
The Demons lost some of their mid to forward chemistry during the second quarter thanks largely to some sensational defensive play with goal saving intercepts coming from WD Kate Bunten, GD Sunday Aryang, and GK Casey Murphy; Aryang was instrumental in giving her side the advantage going forward where Harrison finished off the team’s good work shooting 13 goals from 16 attempts, giving them a four-goal advantage at the main break.
The Demons came out of the half time break with a point to prove after a sloppy second quarter and they did not disappoint, scoring the first four goals of the quarter through the hard work and pin point passing of Rhode and WA Kodie Blay, the teams couldn’t be separated at three quarter time after going goal for goal the rest of the quarter.
With the game up for grabs, the shootout continued up until the last four minutes where the Demons defence stood up tremendously under extreme duress and counter attacked hard to get the ball forward while the Rangers defence was out of position, and ran over the top to come out five goal winners.
“I thought it was a really hard fought performance,” said Prothero.
“I think Lindal and Mia stepped up and took those crucial intercepts and rebounds when we needed it, and obviously Amber is always solid in attack for us.
“All we wanted from this round was to keep building on what we want to achieve and I think we did that, the fact that we came back after being a couple down, we’ll take away from that the confidence to keep building.”
The Demons will move on quickly from their stirring win as they play the last placed and winless Souwest Jets on Sunday, 12:10pm at the State Netball Centre. The Rangers however will get no respite as they will have to get ready for the mammoth task of facing the 1st placed Coastal Sharks next Friday night also at the State Netball Centre at 7:35pm.
DEMONS 49 RANGERS 44
Harvey 30/37 81%
Waenga 19/31 61%
Gallagher 0/1 0%
Harrison 39/50 78%
Doy 3/8 37%
Aryang.R 2/3 67%