The Coastal Sharks regained top spot on the WANL ladder after a convincing 19 goal win over the Rangers on Friday night at the WA State Netball Centre.
While their position on the ladder may change by Sunday night, Sharks head coach Belinda Reynolds was full of praise for her team’s four-quarter performance.
“I think we were very consistent tonight,” said Reynolds.
“We played solidly for the whole four quarters which was pleasing, we won every quarter of the game.”
The first quarter was played at a frenetic pace; with the scoreboard ticking over equally as quickly, the Sharks took the advantage at quarter time through the pace of their mid courts Zoe Fisher (WD), Courtney Kruta (WA), and Teagan Phillips (C) off the back of several brilliant defensive efforts from captain Jessica Penny (GD).
The Sharks continued at the same pace in the second quarter but unfortunately for the Rangers, they could not keep up with the free flowing Coastals, losing the quarter by 6 goals, which was highlighted by Morgan Millar (GA) sinking a number of long range bombs, and Sophie Garbin (GS) shooting at 100 percent for the quarter.
The third quarter resembled the previous quarter as the Sharks pressured and harassed the Rangers into bombing the ball long which created easy turnovers for Sharks defenders Penny and Lewis to swoop in on and set up play from the back half whilst the Rangers mid courts were out of position; the Rangers got burnt on transition a number of times throughout the second and third quarters, however, they did make the most of their opportunities at goals as they shot at 100 percent and 92 percent respectively.
The final quarter was played in the Sharks front half once more as the Rangers searched for answers with head coach Donalda Paekua throwing Harrison into Goal Attack to provide a bigger target up the court, which worked to some extent, but they could not gain any momentum to pull back the margin as the Sharks ran out 19 goal winners with Garbin leading the scoring with a massive 51 goals from 58 attempts.
“Sophie (Garbin) is a great target for us, she put up 58 attempts at goal again tonight so she’s always a focus for us,” said Reynolds.
“I thought the work in front of her by Morgan (Millar) and Ellie (Smart) to provide that extra option opened up Sophie for us too.”
While Harrison was a solid focal point in attack for the Rangers, there was too much left to too few as the Sharks full court defence pressured the Rangers into horrendous turnovers which is becoming somewhat of a pattern for the Rangers over the last few weeks; however, the Rangers have the chance to get back on the winners list with a game against cellar dwellers Souwest Jets on next Sunday at 12:10pm at the WA State Netball Centre while the Sharks will look to continue their dominance over the competition with a tricky game against the Perth Lions, also next Sunday at 12:10pm at the WA State Netball Centre.
COASTAL SHARKS 66
Garbin 51/58 88%
Millar 12/15 80%
Smart 3/4 75%
Harrison 33/39 85%
Aryang.R 13/16 81%
Doy 1/1 100%