The Golden South Jaguars have followed last week’s shock loss against the Carina Leagues Club Tigers with a 54:42 victory against the McDonald’s Magnetic North Steelcats at Townsville RSL Stadium in Round 13 of the Queensland Champions Cup.
The Jaguars were quick out of the gate, scoring heavily in the first half of the match to gain an edge against the determined Steelcats.
Speaking after the match, Coach Paula Stuart said that it was a hard-fought game and was proud of her team.
“The girls showed courage and resilience on the court, and consistently gave 100%,” said Stuart.
However, Stuart was humbled by the technique of Cara Koenen, the Steelcats’ 17-year-old shooter.
“Cara is an unbelievably strong player, and I was simply blown away at the level of function and form in someone so young. She made 38 out of her 41 shots, giving her a 93% shooting average. I made sure that my girls stuck to her for most of the match.”
Stuart acknowledged the efforts of her entire team, but made special mention of Lauren Sculley and Leah Middleton for their work on the court.
This Saturday, 15 June at 7pm, the Jaguars take on the Brisbane West Lions at the State Netball Centre in a match that can secure their place in the finals.
Stuart said her team will need to step up their speed if they want to make a mark against the Lions.
“The Lions play a fast game so we’ll need to improve our offensive court work because it’s going to be a tough match,” she said.