By Zac Lisle
Monash University Storm Championship team coach Matt Hills has labeled Saturday’s upcoming game with Melbourne University Lightning a “must win” following Wednesday’s two goal loss to the Peninsula Waves at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
It was a closely fought contest that saw the Storm have the ascendency early, helped by goal shooter Janelle Lawson scoring 11 goals. Lawson finished the game with 30 goals from 39 attempts.
An impressive second quarter by Alicia Janz saw the Storm stretch the lead out to 5 goals before the Waves pegged back to within one at the half time break.
Janz’s good form continues to impress Hills, who labeled the wing defence’s game as “outstanding”.
A scrappy and low scoring third quarter saw the Waves hit the front, despite the best defensive efforts of Hannah Symes and Madelaine Byrne.
The final term went down to the wire, but ultimately Monash were unable to overrun the Waves despite leveling the scores with less than two minutes on the clock.
Hills was still able to find some positives in the loss.
“Defensively we were very competitive and as such turned al lot of ball over,” he said. “This gave our attack end numerous opportunities, but poor decision making and skill errors let us down across the entire game.”
Hills said that converting posessions into goals is an area of improvement for his team, as well as having “more consistency and better execution with the ball in hand.”
The loss puts the Storm back to 6th on the ladder, one place below this weekend’s opponent Melbourne University Lightning.
Monash Storm 38
Peninsula Waves 40
Monash: Lawson 30, Shannon 4, Henderson 3, Adams 1
Monash: Janz, Symes, Lawson, O'Sullivan