Maggie Cats in valiant defeat
THE Magnetic North Steelcats still have plenty to take out of their Queensland State Netball League loss to the SunCoast Lynx.
The understrength Steelcats trailed at each turn but put in a strong final quarter before going down 39- 32 to Lynx at Townsville RSL Stadium on Saturday night.
It was a markedly different result from the last time the teams met in the opening round of the season, with Magnetic North going down 46- 17.
Both teams fielded different sides to that encounter with Carly Lewis ( wing defence) and Corinne Smith ( goal keeper) coming into the side missing captains Sian Roberts and Krystel Watego through injury.
Steelcats coach Margie Sugars said her side struggled to gel in their combina- tions but were buoyed by the closeness of the result for the rebuilding side.
“To the team and myself you could see we were disjointed and it wasn’t one of our better games,” Sugars said.
“Having said that, if we had played at our full potential we would have been within the grasp of winning.
“The girls stepped up as much as they could on the day but there’s a few little things to tweak.
“Seven goals is close and three turnovers and we’re back in the game.”
Fill- in shooter Rosie Baker’s 100 per cent shooting clip was a highlight of the game, given she was stepping up from the division two team.
The Steelcats head south next week to meet the Brisbane West Lions, a side that sits in fifth- place on the competition ladder.
UNDER PRESSURE: Steelcats GS Eleanor Horsburgh lines up for a shot.