Saints hit top spot in vic­tory

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

SAINTS have re­gained top spot in the Townsville City Net­ball premier league stand­ings af­ter top­pling Mar­ian- Vix­ens 45- 34 in their top of the ta­ble clash.

The two top sides have traded wins in their pair of pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters this sea­son and it was Saints who took out the sea­son se­ries af­ter grind­ing out the win over their fierce ri­vals on Mon­day night.

Saints coach An­gela Cooper was chuffed with her team’s per­for­mance as they ap­peared to be hit­ting top form at the right time of the sea­son.

“It was a great ef­fort from the girls; they are re­ally stick­ing to the game plan and our court struc­tures and they never al­lowed the pres­sure get to them,” she said.

“It’s al­ways a re­ally tough game against Mar­ian- Vix­ens and they closed out the lead to three goals in the third quar­ter but no one dropped their head and we just kept go­ing right un­til the end.”

Their Round 18 win helped Saints im­prove to an im­pres­sive 14- 1 record for the 2015 sea­son and Cooper was thrilled with the per­for­mance of her two shoot­ers, Alex Pre­ston and Eleanor Hors­burgh.

“I am re­ally lucky to have some great shoot­ers in our team and when you have Alex shoot­ing at 94 per cent and Eleanor at 84 that re­ally helps the team,” she said.

“There is a re­ally great feel­ing in the team at the mo­ment. All 10 girls are get­ting ad­e­quate court time and I’d love to see them make the grand fi­nal.”

In other premier league ac­tion this week, Nep­tunes re­tained third spot on the lad­der with a 49- 42 win over Nep­tunes and Ru­n­aways beat High­land- Tigers 36- 29.

Townsville City Net­ball - Round 18 Saints 45 def Mar­ian- Vix­ens 34; Nep­tunes 49 def Phoenix 42; Ru­n­aways 36 def High­land- Tigers 29

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

AERIAL DUEL: Saints goal­keeper Kim Jen­ner, right, puts pres­sure on Mar­ian- Vix­ens goal­shooter Kate Olling­ton as she lines up for a shot in their top- of- the- ta­ble clash.

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