TASMANIAN MAGPIES SECURE TWO WINS ON HOME TURF
Alanna Mullan - June 5, 2018
The Tasmanian Magpies improved to 9-1 in the Australian Netball League, capping off a winning weekend in Launceston with two victories over the Queensland Fusion at the Silverdome.
Playing in Tasmania for the first time this season, Launceston locals Kelsie Rainbow, Shelby Miller, Danni Pickett and Madeline Carter all took to the court in front of their home crowd.
“It was great to be on home turf and feed off the energy and support of the team’s family and friends in the crowd,” Head Coach Kate Upton told Magpies Netball.
“There was a great vibe across the two games and the team really embraced the home court advantage in Tasmania.”
After disposing of the Queenslanders in the first game by 14 goals, Upton said she was pleased by her team’s triumphant performance.
“It was a difficult game, but we were able to execute under pressure and that showed on the scoreboard.”
“We won the game because we stuck to our game plan across the board and that’s pleasing to see as a coaching group.”
Victorian goaler Jane Cook played a key role for the Magpies, shooting at 92 per cent accuracy.
For the Fusion, Rylie Holland made an important contribution, hitting 16/17 in goals in the second quarter.
The Magpies were met with a greater challenge in game two, holding off a fast-finishing Fusion side to walk away with the seven-goal victory.
Wing defender Sharni Lambden continued with her impressive start to the season; with her multiple pressure acts converting into team intercepts and opposition turnovers.
Similarly, the defensive chemistry between Mary Livesey and Mel Bragg looked effortless, with the pair causing headaches for the Fusion attackers at the Silverdome.
The coaching group were particularly impressed with the leadership and performance of Magpies skipper, Cody Lange.
“She continues to support the girls in every possible way both on and off the court,” Upton said.
“Her individual performance was outstanding. She made great choices under pressure throughout the match and followed through with her shots at goal.”
The Magpies will now head to Canberra for their round six hit out against the Canberra Giants this coming weekend.
“We’re looking to prepare ourselves – both mentally and physically - as we head into the backend of the season.”
“Consistency is our key focus. We need to work to our strengths and use them effectively.”
ROUND FIVE RECAP
Game 1 - Tasmanian Magpies (64) defeated Queensland Fusion (50)
Game 2 – Tasmanian Magpies (60) defeated Queensland Fusion (53)
ROUND SIX FIXTURE
GAME 1 - Friday 15 June, 6pm Solarhub ACT Netball Centre
GAME 2 - Saturday 16 June, 6pm Solarhub ACT Netball Centre