Pints triumph built on coach’s stern message
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