Western Sting Head Coach Michelle Wilkins says she has been impressed with the way Goal Shooter Sophie Garbin has stepped up throughout the 2017 Australian Netball League (ANL) campaign.
Playing in every match of the campaign so far, Garbin has already scored 425 goals, and with four matches still to be played, looks set to smash Kristina Brice’s record of 468 goals in a season set in 2014.
Despite the impending milestone, Wilkins said Garbin’s improvements in her game throughout the competition was most pleasing.
“(Sophie) has taken a significant step up from last year,” Wilkins said.
“More impressive is that she has been able to back up from week to week, so she is certainly one player in our group who has been the most consistent from game to game.”
“She continues to grow her game, and that’s the pleasing thing, she’s not just using her strength, she’s creating some movement, she’s creating some options for others and her reading of the play has also improved as she has gone through the competition.”
Sting recorded back to back wins for the first time in their 2017 campaign, after defeating the NSW Waratahs last weekend by 21 goals in game one and nine goals in game two.
With Garbin converting at a high percentage from inside the shooting circle, Wilkins acknowledged the hard work of her midcourt in getting the ball to the attackers, including Lisa Millman.
“That’s the best we have worked through the front half of the court in the competition,” she said.
“We have probably struggled a bit on our centre pass conversion, but there was a lot of variety, and particularly Lisa Millman became a good target.
“There was a critical moment by Lindal Rohde that really changed the context of the last quarter, but more importantly, it was the way that everyone then responded from that, because that really lifted the team.”
Western Sting return to their home court for the second of three consecutive matches at the State Netball Centre, when they take on the winless Territory Storm this weekend.
It shapes as an important weekend for Sting, who require two wins from the penultimate round of action to keep their finals hopes alive.
Game 1 is on Saturday, March 18 at 3.00pm, with Game 2 scheduled for Sunday, March 19 at 12.00pm.
Tickets are available at the door.