Pints tri­umph built on coach’s stern mes­sage

NT News - - MOTORSPORT - JACK HISLOP

PINTS goal at­tack Shahni Welling­ton has de­scribed last Fri­day’s Dar­win Net­ball premier league grand fi­nal as the tough­est game she’s played in years.

Pints re­cov­ered from a four-point deficit in the third quar­ter to clinch back-to-back pre­mier­ships against Tracy Vil­lage.

Welling­ton said when Fal­cons gained the as­cen­dancy, Pints found the strength to hang on and even­tu­ally the mo­men­tum swung back.

“It was re­ally fierce. With Fal­cons it’s al­ways a re­ally tough game we knew it would be a full four-quar­ter match. There was no more than four goals in it at any one time,” she said.

“There was one stage where no one got any goals for a while and we crawled our way back from it and thank good­ness we did, be­cause it feels re­ally good to win.”

The match was sealed when Pints goal keeper and best-on-court Lau­ren Close snatched a cru­cial in­ter­cept as Fal­cons were at­tack­ing in the dy­ing moments.

Close said a stern di­rec­tive from coach Peta Tra­hair at three-quar­ter-time proved the cat­a­lyst for her side’s dom­i­na­tion of the fourth term.

“The mes­sage was ba­si­cally we have one quar­ter of net­ball left, pull your fin­gers out and do what­ever it takes — it res­onated with us well,” Close said.

“We knew it was go­ing to be hard right from the start, but as long as we stuck to our ba­sics and ex­e­cuted them well, we were go­ing to be fine.”

Pints de­fender Lau­ren Close

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