Steelcats ready for next step
STEELCATS coach Deborah Ruka is confident Magnetic North have taken ‘‘ the next step’’ towards Holden Cruze Cup success.
While victory eluded them at NPA Stadium, Magnetic North showed nerves of steel to open their account for 2011 with a 51-51 tie against Brisbane South.
After the Steelcats blew a five-goal lead seven minutes into the final term to trail by one with 40 seconds left, skipper Kristy O’Neill produced a steal in the half-court to deliver a game-tying opportunity to star shooter Joanne Morgan.
With a staggering 85 per cent success rate on the night, the former Australia representative was never going to miss the last-gasp shot.
‘‘ The girls were excited, because last season they had a few tight games but always lost. This is the next step,’’ Ruka said.
‘‘ It’s our second game so the expectation is that we can only grow from here.’’
Little separated the teams at each of the quarter breaks, with each side winning two terms each. However, Ruka conceded there was a feeling the Steelcats had thrown away a win that had been theirs for the taking after they jumped to a good lead in the last term.
Young wing attack Domica Westcombe had a blinding start to her Steelcats career after being called up from the tier two team.
‘‘ She played beyond her experience, she was very impressive,’’ Ruka said.
There was a negative end to the night, however, with key defender Sian Roberts injuring her knee.