Winless Jags, Lynx look to kick start finals aspirations in headline clash

The winless Suncoast Lynx and Golden South Jaguars will do battle on Tuesday night seeking a vital two points in round three of Samsung QSNL Division 1 action.

The Lynx drew with Brisbane South Wildcats in the opening round before falling to a red-hot Brisbane West Lions side in round two, while the Jaguars fell to heavy defeats against Lions and Brisbane North Cougars over the same period.

While only early in the season, the sides’ upcoming battle could prove vital in determining who ekes out a spot in the top four and qualifies for finals.

“It’s been a mixed start. We’ve had patches of really good performance, but haven’t been consistent enough to put the game away against the Wildcats or give the Lions a good contest,” Lynx coach Simone Nalatu said.

“We’re starting well, but not finishing well. Any game we want to compete and be on the right side of the scoreboard, but the match against the Jags is a big one for us in that we want a big win. We’re a new squad and it would be a great confidence boost and kick start to the season for us.

“Overall, I’ve been really impressed with our defensive end. None have played Division 1 before and are all holding their own. I’d like to get a bit more of a return from our attack end. As we go on and build connections and understanding I think we’ll see a lot of improvement there.”

Both sides feature star talent, with the Lynx boasting Queensland Fusion representative Vanessa Augustini and the Jags featuring newly-capped Firebirds debutant Kristen Oxenford.

Jaguars coach Linda Peterson said her side would

“We’re searching for that consistency. We’ve had strong quarters in both games, but failed to carry that through. We need to consolidate in terms of our combinations,” Peterson said.

“We see tomorrow as a good opportunity. The Lynx are a bit of an unknown. They’re new and have had a bit of a turnover of players. They’ll be hungry for the win. We need to do our jobs well and the result should take care of itself.

“We need to complete and convert the possession we’ve had – not waste balls and opportunities, just putting it through (the net). The Lions and Cougars could be the top two, so we’re not panicking. That was our draw. All isn’t lost and we’re looking forward to the match.”

Catch all the round three Samsung QSNL action from 6.30pm at the State Netball Centre in Upper Mount Gravatt. Tickets are $7 for adults or $4 for concessions on the door.

Round 3, 28 March 2017, State Netball Centre, Upper Mount Gravatt

Division 2

6.30pm: Jaguars v Lynx
6.30pm: Lions v Tigers
6.30pm: Cougars v Panthers
Wildcats BYE

Division 1

8pm: Cougars v Wildcats
8pm: Jaguars v Lynx
8pm: Tigers v Lions