Sharks too strong for Lions

By Mia Mammoliti

Coastal Sharks have stormed to their third consecutive victory in season 2017, following a 28 goal domination of the Perth Lions on Friday night.

The loss sees the Lions suffer their second loss of the year, however they maintain their position inside the top four.

Sharks Head Coach Belinda Reynolds said she was happy with the win, but admitted her side still needed to continue building.

“It was a great start, so we put ourselves in a great position to get the win,” she said.

“We’re just building each game, and making sure we stick to the game plan that we set at the beginning of the game, and then keep building after each game.”

The Sharks were out to assert themselves from the first whistle, as they opened up an eight goal lead early on, before extending their lead to 12 goals at quarter time.

Sharks’ Jessica Penny was outstanding in defence, while sharp shooter Sophie Garbin was on fire once again ending the match with 49 goals.

The Lions fumbled the ball, and lost possession constantly, and with the margin sitting at 20 goals at half time, the Sharks were in control.

The game was all but done at the final change, with the Lions trailing by 28 goals.

On a positive note, the Lions broke even in the final term, but fell short of an in-form Sharks side, 70-42.

“We had a real focus of what we had to put out there tonight,” Reynolds said.

“Our focus was ball movement in attack, and that hard one on one defence.”

Things don’t get any easier for the Lions as they face the undefeated Warriors this week, while the Sharks will face the Rangers, a side who recorded their first win last week.

FINAL SCORES
Sharks: 19-36-55-70
Lions: 7-16-27-42

SHOOTING STATISTICS
Coastal Sharks
Sophie Garbin 49/59 (83%)
Morgan Millar 10/12 (83%)
Ellie Smart 11/18 (61%)

Perth Lions
Tess Cransberg 5/7 (71%)
Kimberly Shepherd 27/34 (79%)
Maddi Schultz 10/13 (77%)