It was a nail-biting final two minutes for Netball Queensland’s Elite Development Squad (EDS) as it held the Kedron Wavell Cougars to a draw in the Round 13 Queensland Champions Cup (QCC) clash at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Wednesday, 5 June.
The EDS bolted to a first half lead against the more fancied Cougars, who sit in second spot on the QCC ladder.
The Cougars showed their quality and experience, drawing level with the EDS at the final break. The game went down to the wire ending in a 45-goal draw.
EDS coach Tracey Jeans Fraser was delighted with her young team’s composure, with no substitutes each of her players was pushed to the limit.
“We could have won, it was a fantastic game, the girls stuck to the game plan and hung in there when the Cougars came at us,” said Fraser.
“It was fantastic to see all the hard work we’ve put in at training out there on the court. There were seven stars out there, the girls stepped up and had a great game. And it was terrific to have Gretel Tippet back in the line up,” she said.
Fraser was delighted her team didn’t panic when the Cougars applied pressure.
“It was brilliant to see the girls back each other up, our defence scrambled when they came back at us and our attack was well organised,” she said.
As the finals draw closer, it’s an exciting round of matches with the Jaguars taking on the Steelcats in Townsville. Meanwhile, at the State Netball Centre, the Lions and the Wildcats will do battle and the Lynx and the Tigers finish the round.
The EDS will look to go one better in Round 14 on Wednesday, 12 June when they face off against the Tigers.