Slick passing, clever footwork and precision shooting saw the Western Sting notch up their sixth straight win against the Territory Storm in a dominant display as the Sting ran away with the game by 31 points, 66-35.
Both Australian Netball League teams were looking to bounce back as they entered their second match of the Round 1 clash with plenty to prove after suffering heavy defeats last night.
It was a mismatch on paper and the Storm were yet to taste victory against their western rivals. The Sting entered the match as unbackable favourites after boasting a 5-0 record.
But it was the Sting who delivered the first psychological blow of that match after Sarah East opened the account with the first goal.
In ominous signs for the Storm it was clear that the Sting were here to play after executing an impressive defensive play which denied their opponents a chance to answer with a quick goal of their own.
The weight of possession was telling midway through the first quarter, with the Sting kicking away to a 6-1 lead before the first timeout of the match was called.
A late goal to the Storm’s Michelle Ellis kept their team in touch as they entered the first break trailing 16 -5.
The Sting continued their dominating performance in the second quarter as they played an exciting and expansive brand of netball.
But the Storm weren’t prepared to go away without a fight, as they traded goals midway through the second quarter to ensure the game didn’t slip away. By half-time the Sting held a comfortable 12-point lead with the score 28-16.
The Territory Storm coach Ronelle Van Dongen would have been disappointed with her team’s effort in the first half and there was only more misery to follow after the Sting scored two quick-fire goals to extend the lead after play resumed.
The Storm were brave as they tried to make a contest out of it but by deep in the third quarter the Sting had set up a commanding lead to ensure their opposition would have to sprout wings to make a comeback from the massive deficit. The match entered the fourth quarter with the Sting leading 49-25.
It was all one-way traffic in the fourth quarter, with the Sting players firing bullet-like passes to each other to open up golden scoring opportunities deep in their forward line.
The Storm were out of breath when the final timeout was called late in the fourth quarter and the Sting were looking to their next encounter against the Qld Fusion in several weeks as they held an unassailable 27-point lead.
In the end the Storm were outclassed, outplayed and outmatched as the Sting stormed home with a resounding 31-point victory to end the game at 66-35.
Quarter by Quarter
Western Sting 16, 28, 49, 66
Territory Storm 6, 16, 25, 35
Sarah East 16/22 @ 73%
Lisa Millman 16/18 @ 89%
Ellie Smart 27/32 @ 84%
Arahi Wall 7/7 @100%
Team 66/79 @ 84%
Jessica Johannsen 3/5 @ 60%
Sue Nalder 6/10 @60%
Maddy Morrison 20/24 @ 83%
Lauren O’Shea 6/9 @ 67%
Team 35/48 @ 73%