By Michaela Gall
The Coastal Sharks have made a strong start to the 2017 WANL season, notching up their second win against the South East Demons on Sunday afternoon.
“We were confident in our start and got a great lead off Friday night’s win,” said Sharks coach Belinda Reynolds, post-match.
“The variety of options I have to be able to rotate throughout the match helped us get there.”
Sharks had a strong first quarter, their starting seven featuring Sophie Garbin, Brittany Turnbull, Natalie Bright, Jessica Penny, and Olivia Lewis, all fresh off their Australian Netball League win as a part of the Western Sting squad.
Garbin was the target early on for feeders Turnbull and Kruta, setting up the team with a 12-goal lead at quarter time.
The Demons made their presence known at the beginning of the second term, with pressure from wing defence Jazmin Nash forcing a number of turnovers.
The new shooting combination brought on a new change for the well-oiled Sharks defence line, Rebecca Lill and Amber Harvey teaming up to produce a further 11 goals for their team in the second quarter.
Lindal Rohde, also a part of the Sting squad, was consistent in centre across all four quarters, allowing for a quick transition up and down the court, helping the Demons win the third quarter 17 goals to 11, reducing the margin to 11 goals at the final change.
The Demons came out strong in the early minutes of the final quarter, with their shooting combination only gaining more traction against two of the League’s leading defenders in Jess Penny and Olivia Lewis.
Despite the strong comeback, the Sharks proved too strong in the last quarter, eventually taking the game by 13 goals, 60-47.
Sharks Goal Keeper Olivia Lewis praised her teammates’ connection down the court.
“Everyone contributed to the win today,” she said.
“It definitely helps having the experience from the ANL and being able to bring that into this competition.”
“It’s good that pretty much our whole back-line is from Sting, so we’ve been training together since October now.”
Demons Head Coach Nicky Prothero commented on her team’s lack of discipline in their passing.
“I think we let ourselves down with a bit of our own passing, we at times played into their defence,” she admitted.
“Our defence was solid, and worked to get the ball, especially when we set up that zone on them.”
The Demons travel to Northam for a late game against the Wheatbelt Flames next round, which, according to Prothero, will be a good match for the team.
The Sharks will look to continue their winning streak against Perth Lions.
Sharks 60 def Demons 47