Hot Saints find best form of at­tack is de­fence

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

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.

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