By Amy Delcaro
The West Coast Warriors notched their third win of the season yesterday, with experience playing an integral role in their 18-goal victory over the young Souwest Jets.
It was a battle of turnovers and conversions for both teams, however it was evident that the youthful Jets struggled to maintain four quarters of intensity against the reigning premiers.
Jets Head Coach Erin Culnane said training was focussed on being open minded and that her side needed to learn and adjust to what was happening on court.
The Souwest side took note of the instructions, as they capitalised on turnovers in a strong first quarter.
Centre court connections and the shooting combination of Kate Duncan and Shantelle Tassone provided a strong unit for the Jets, leading them to a two goal lead at the first break, with Culnane praising her young shooters.
“We were working on attacking options and opening up our attacking line,” she said.
However, their lead was short-lived as the experienced Warriors rallied hard to lead by four goals at the main break.
Veteran shooter Lisa Millman was introduced into the Warriors attack just before half time, with Warriors Assistant Coach Cherie Farnan describing the change as crucial.
“We just needed to settle and consequently, we then went on a nine goal run,” she said.
Despite missing 2015 Jill McIntosh Medallist Andrea Gilmore, the Warriors defensive pressure maintained its intensity, with the reigning premiers limiting the Jets to just nine goals in the third term to lead by 14 goals at three quarter time.
The Warriors continued to dominate the game, outscoring the Jets 16-12 in the final term, with Millman shooting at 100% accuracy.
The shooter said the game was a good chance to work on combinations.
“It’s only game three and we need to make sure we are all fighting for a position,” she said.
Culnane was positive about her sides performance and was excited about the upcoming games.
“Every week for us is a learning curve and we don’t know anything about the teams we are playing against.”
“Every time we go out there, we come away with lessons to work on.”
The Jets now face the struggling Rangers, while the Warriors have the bye.
Denise Shepley: 29/38 (76%)
Emma Cosh: 6/10 (60%)
Lisa Millman: 28/32 (88%)
Shantelle Tassone: 20/29 (69%)
Kate Duncan: 11/12 (92%)
Alkira Rodney: 14/19 (74%)