By Zac Lisle
The Monash University Storm Under-19s remain in the top four despite a 15 goal loss to the Geelong Cougars on Wednesday night at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
Coach Joh Curran lamented a poor period in the second quarter, a quarter that saw the Cougars pile on nine goals to Monash’s three.
“There was a period of time there when we weren’t able to contain them, and weren’t able to control what we were trying to set out to do” Curran said.
“It makes it really hard when you are coming up against a quality opposition to actually get back in the game when you allow them an 8 or 9 goal lead in one quarter”
The Storm started the game strongly, with Stephanie Gibbs and Hannah Flanders shooting 75% and 63% respectively, and strong mid-court play from Zali Mifsud and Monique Tarrant saw the Storm trailing by just two goals at quarter time.
Despite the lead increasing in the second quarter, Kaela Hughes worked hard as did defenders Matilda Garrett and Caitlin Watson, who Curran says can hold their heads high despite the loss.
“The defensive line keeping the top team to under 40 goals when they had so much ball was a really good effort.” Curran said.
Monash kept up the fight in the second half but were no match for the Cougars, who had built up momentum and were executing their game plan. Kasey Teakle worked hard throughout the half, finishing with a team-high shooting percentage of 58%.
After the game, Curran said she hoped that the team can come out a bit sharper next week.
“We have really high standards, I was happy with the way we started out in terms of our court play but unfortunately we just couldn’t convert when we really needed to…that makes a really big difference when you’re trying to claw your way back into a game”
The Storm sit fourth on the ladder, and will be expecting a win when they take on the eighth placed Peninsula Waves next. Overall, Curran describes the season so far as “50-50”.
“There’s plenty of things to work on but it’s a really new group and they’re young so it’s exciting for them to keep improving, so hopefully from now on there’s just continual improvement.”