CON­FI­DENT BUR­DEKIN EYE FI­NALS

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

BUR­DEKIN have re­mained in the hunt for fi­nals ac­tion in the Townsville City Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion premier league af­ter beat­ing Nep­tunes 42- 30 dur­ing a thrilling round of games.

The Bur­dekin are now in equal fourth sport with Ru­n­aways and Phoenix, who both dropped their fix­tures to Mar­ian- Vix­ens and Saints re­spec­tively on Mon­day night.

Bur­dekin trailed Nep­tunes by five goals dur­ing the first quar­ter, but slowly turned it around thanks to strong games from de­fend­ers Jacklyn and Shelby Nor­ris, and a com­posed all- round team per­for­mance.

“Jacklyn and Shelby were ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic for us, and they helped us get up to about 15 in­ter­cepts, and we stayed pa­tient down the court when we got those turnovers and con­verted them into points,” Bur­dekin cap­tain Cara Trindle said.

“We went into the game with the mind­set that we could def­i­nitely beat them, be­cause last time we led them but let it slip.

“We started off a bit slow but we al­ways knew we would get it to­gether.”

Bur­dekin’s latest win might have been the most im­por­tant of their sea­son, not only in terms of where it puts them on the lad­der but also the div­i­dends it pro­vided in terms of con­fi­dence.

“We’ve got the belief we can make it,” Trindle said.

“We def­i­nitely think we have the team to play fi­nals.”

Saints main­tained an out­right lead on the com­pe­ti­tion lad­der thanks to their 53- 34 win over Phoenix, and Mar­i­anVix­ens scored their 13th win of the year af­ter down­ing Ru­n­aways 53- 39.

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