Queensland Fusion have triumphed over the New South Wales Waratahs and Tasmanian Spirit in round 2 of the Australian Netball League this weekend at Ormiston College in Brisbane.
Fusion, who had a bye last week, kicked off their 2015 season on Friday night against South Australia’s Southern Force but went down 38 to 61 in the nail biting match.
Saturday saw the team bounce back against the loss scoring a six-goal lead against Tassie Spirit, ending the day with a final result of 50-44.
The match also saw the loss of Firebirds shooter Beryl Friday who had to be substituted out after injuring herself during the third quarter.
Sunday’s game saw Fusion face off against origin archrivals the NSW Waratahs in what came to be the most decisive victory of the three days.
After trailing NSW in both the first and second quarter, Queensland rallied hard and took the lead by three goals in the third.
Leading 38-35 heading into the final quarter, the Fusion continued to keep the pressure on and thrilled fans by ending the match with a final score of 54-44.
After the game, Fusion coach Jenny Brazel said she felt the victories proved the girls were coming into their own.
“That Friday night game was I think our first really good hit out together, South Australia are a really physically strong side and we were maybe a little bit nervous and still getting comfortable with each other,” Brazel said.
“Saturday was a hard slog for us and we had to keep pushing against Tazzie, but the girls really pulled together and just grinded it out.
“They stuck to the game plan then and they stuck to the game plan today, they just kept working at it and they reaped the rewards,” Brazel said.
Team Captain Laura Scherian said the teams wins also pointed to the importance of sticking with the game plan.
“I think it’s a credit to the team how we all picked ourselves up after a disappointing night on Friday,” Scherian said.
“We had a tough match yesterday against Tassie and we had a tough match today, but we just stuck with our game plan and it worked for us.
“We were able to pull away because we had ground it all down and done the hard work and it payed dividends in the end.”
Next up QLD will face Northern Territories storm and Western Australia’s Sting in round three on the 4th and 5th of next month.
Queensland Fusion 54 defeated New South Wales Waratahs 44
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