A rocky start failed to undo the Ruby Tigers in their round two match against the South Brisbane Wildcats. Despite start-of-game nerves, the team walked away with a strong 62-43 victory. The win cements last week’s success and highlights the preparation Tigers have made for this season.
Combinations were dynamic at both end of the court with the coaching bench making several combination-changes. The team’s ability to adapt quickly when using their rolling subs proved key to maintaining momentum.
After a close first half, the team held a seven-point lead going into the final quarter. Sophia Dobson joined the defensive circle following a successful Nationals campaign adding a new dimension of play helping the Tiger’s to maintain momentum. The rotations also providing the opportunity for the coaches to see new combinations before heading into a string of tough rounds.
In the mid-court, Aaliyah Sheppard made her mark as WD. The rookie took a number of intercepts and applied pressure on every ball. Captain Georgia Bloxham also dominated in goal defence alongside goal keeper Holly Comyns who looks at home in the black and orange.
Whilst the Sapphire result was not in the game plan, the Tigers took the game to the newly formed club.
The most impressive aspect for many Tigers fans was seeing the 2022 squad fight to the end. The game was certainly in the balance until the final minutes.
Whilst injuries required late selection changes, Coach Erin Byrnes highlighted that it was unforced errors and poor execution that resulted in far too many turnovers in crucial moments of the game. Titans capitalizing on every opportunity with sharp shooters making Tigers pay on the scoreboard.
“This Tigers team has great potential, Coach Byrnes said, and I am excited for what they will put on the court in coming weeks… we will review the game and make the adjustments needed to prepare for next week”
The week of Tigers Netball was wrapped up on Tuesday evening as the Ruby team put on a convincing display to take their third straight win 55-39 over the Bullsharks.
Emily Gage leading by example with a dominant shooting performance and a handful of defensive turnovers.
The Tigers looked composed as they led from start to finish.
Defensive pressure down the court was a feature of the teams performance with all players playing their part to deny space for their opposition and force errors.
Next round is on the road as the Sapphire team heads west to Ipswich to take on QUT.