By Ashleigh Melanko
Rangers have produced have a big last quarter to overcome a gritty Southside Demons in the Gold Industry Group WANL’s Indigenous Round.
The first draw of the year was on the cards for much of the game, but persistent defensive pressure from Rangers defensive trio Sunday Aryang, Kate Bunten and Brooke Walker, ensured the Rangers walked away with an important win to put a game on the Jets and Demons.
Rangers Head Coach Lorraine English credited the trio.
“Across the board Sunday was a standout and Kate Bunten was particularly good today, she picked up some great balls around the circle edge and downcourt for us and that translated into some very good goals,” English said.
Coming off the bye, the Demons were shaky to start the match, but wayward passing from the Rangers kept them in the game.
Important intercepts from Bunten saw the Rangers score three goals in a row and level the scores at quarter time.
Defensive pressure was the name of the game in the second term, with both sides restricted to just 10 goals each, as they entered the major break locked at 22-22.
Alicia Janz was proving to be a handy inclusion for the Demons, causing headaches for Rangers shooters Georgia Pitt and Brianna Newnham.
The third term saw Demons Head Coach Tash Richard inject Phoebe Wilcox into Wing Defence and move Jazmin Nash to Goal Defence.
The move was a good one for the Demons who ramped up their defensive pressure, but Aryang proved to be the difference maker between the two sides, as the Rangers headed into three quarter time up by two goals.
The Rangers hit their stride in the final quarter, scoring 14 goals to nine to run out seven goal victors.
The Rangers will now be looking for redemption against the ECU Souwest Jets, after they fell short of the Bunbury-based side by seven goals in the opening round of the year.
“I think last time they really challenged us and again it’s us building our consistency so again it will be about us having to challenge ourselves to stick to the processes that we have in place,” English said.
The Demons will look to get back on the winners list against the Curtin Hamersley Comets, who they beat in Round 1 by six goals.
Georgia Pitt 40/44 (90%)
Brianna Newnham 8/14 (57%)
Meg Gallagher 17/21 (80%)
Rebecca Lill 23/25 (92%)
Caitlin Paris 1/3 (33%)