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Falcons flying due to strong defence

- NATHANIEL CHAMBERS

DEFENSIVE prowess saw Tracy Village Falcons earn their place in the Darwin Netball Premier League grand final following their 36-25 win over Pints.

The Falcons, who have topped the table all season, were eager to bounce back after their loss to Waratahs in the major semi-final.

And they did it in style against reigning premiers Pints to recover their position as a potential title winner.

Ivana Schober and Georgia Luhrs were standouts on the defensive end, applying plenty of pressure and winning ball on the rebound. And on the shooting end, Jordan Anderson and Mikaela Sawyer continued their consistent form from the regular season.

Coach Sharon Freeman was proud of her side’s efforts, particular­ly on the defensive end.

“I was happy with the win – we were unsure of how we would go but it all came together and the girls brought their game,” Freeman said.

“They were keen to bounce back after the loss in the semifinal and they really showed what they can do.

“Our full-court defensive pressure was really strong on the night.

“And our defenders did a great job in turning over the ball to set up opportunit­ies for our shooters.”

In the grand final they will meet a tough Waratahs contingent who defeated them in the semi-final.

But this will be a difficult encounter for both sides, with wins shared between the two sides.

“They’re all pretty pumped and ready to get into this grand final,” Freeman said.

“We’ve been top all year and everyone is keen to get there again after missing out last year.

“We just have to work on our plays and make sure we bring the same intensity that worked for us against Pints.”

 ??  ?? Falcons’ Ivana Schober. Picture: Glenn Campbell
Falcons’ Ivana Schober. Picture: Glenn Campbell

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