By Amy Delcaro
West Coast Warriors have again proved they’re the team to beat in 2017, with a dominant 14 goal victory over Rangers on Friday night.
The Warriors now sit 2-0, comfortably at the top of the ladder, after the opening two weeks of play.
The Rangers proved fearless in contesting the ball with Bridgette Maxted, Jayme Harken and Hinemoa Mahau risking their bodies and taking flying intercepts down in defence.
However, the inability of the Rangers to convert these turnovers hindered their efforts to close the margin especially with a consistent Warriors line up.
Warriors Head Coach Karly Guadagnin said that minor changes were made to their game plan at training.
“We [wanted] to keep our intensity high at training and to keep building on what was working for us,” she said.
This was evident in the Warriors consistent four quarter dominance.
The combination of Lisa Millman and Emma Cosh in the shooting circle gave the Warriors a dominant opening term, as they outscored the Rangers 22-12, despite the Rangers shooting at 100%.
After the Rangers cut the margin to seven goals at the main break, Guadagnin moved Denise Shepley into Goal Attack, saying “wanted to change the momentum of the game.”
Rangers Assistant Coach Samantha McShane said the absence of Paige Doy had an impact on her side, but acknowledged the opportunity it gave for younger players to step up.
“Rose and Larissa gelled really well over the four quarters and they had some good shooter connections,” she said.
McShane also said consistency and maturity was key for the Rangers side.
It was evident Rangers had spouts of momentum with solid drives onto the circle edge enabling precision feeding into the shooters.
The Warriors however, replicated this in the final stanza where it was clear the momentum had swung back to the reigning premiers.
“We just need to be proactive with our space,” Guadagnin said.
Despite the 63-49 margin, McShane remained hopeful.
“We need to keep looking at our performances,” McShane said.
“The girls need to believe that they can do the job.”
West Coast Warriors
Lisa Millman: 42/50 (84%)
Emma Cosh: 9/14 (64%)
Denise Shepley: 12/20 (60%)
Larissa Harrison: 32/44 (73%)
Rose Aryang: 17/22 (77%)