Mag­gie Cats in valiant de­feat

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

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.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

UN­DER PRES­SURE: Steel­cats GS Eleanor Hors­burgh lines up for a shot.

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