Hot Saints find best form of attack is defence
SAINTS have delivered arguably the biggest warning shot yet of the Townsville City Netball season after beating previous ladder leaders Neptunes 52- 29.
Saints were dominant throughout the four quarters and built their win on an all- round defensive effort, consigning Neptunes to just their fourth loss of the premier league season.
The teams went into Monday night’s game having played each other twice, sharing a 1- 1 win- loss split after Saints won the most recent encounter by two points.
“We had a talk about four- quarters performances, full- court defence and the fact everyone needs to be a defender,” Saints coach Angela Cooper said.
“So to see those things put into practice was really pleasing.
“Things seem to be cementing for us and the things we’re working on at training are starting to show on court.
“We knew we could beat them, we all knew that, and for all those areas to fall into place at this time of year is fantastic.
“Now we’ll work on doing our best to see it all the way through.”
Cooper’s team will face another tough challenge next week when they play the in- form Burdekin, who beat Marian- Vixens 55- 34.
“Now it’s back to training and staying focused,” Cooper said. “We don’t think there’s any easy games and we want to keep that perspective, because in premier league it should be tough.”
An entertaining contest was also played between Highlanders and Runaways, with Highlanders emerging with a thrilling 53- 50 win. Phoenix had the bye. Three regular season games remain until the start of next month’s finals.