By Zac Lisle
Coach Jacqui Hansen has praised Monash University Storm’s work ethic and commitment after her Division 1 team beat the second placed Southern Saints at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on Wednesday night.
The game started as an even affair, but a strong end to the second quarter saw Monash take a six-goal lead into half time, and the lead would prove too much for the Saints to overcome.
Hansen said the win was a pleasing turnaround from the Storm’s Round 5 loss to the Saints earlier in the season.
“Even the games that we’ve been losing, the girls have been working so hard at training and they’ve never lost their focus and they’ve never lost their commitment, so it (the win) had to come eventually,” Hansen said.
“I am so thrilled for the girls, they stuck to the game plan, they did exactly what we worked on at training, and it worked out.”
Monash had standout performers across the board, Monique Moustafa-Lenehan and Gabrielle Henderson each shot at 83%, with Moustafa-Lenehan putting away 33 goals and Henderson 14.
The most pleasing standout for Monash’s coach, however, was goalkeeper Kath Vickers, who’s game was described by Hansen as “a blinder”.
“She’s been working really hard, she’s been working hard to get her feet working,” Hansen said.
“From a combination perspective, she and Laura (Cummack), it just worked tonight, and with a lot of front end pressure from Maddie (Byrne) in particular, I just thought she had a fabulous game.”
Monash now sit sixth on the ladder, but are still ten points away from the top four. Hansen admits it can be frustrating for her team when they show that they can match it with the best but will still struggle to make finals.
“It’s more frustrating for them,” Hansen said.
“It’s always really been about development for us this season and that’s part of it, so you have your ups and downs, and that’s largely a result of the fact that we’ve got some younger girls.”
“Tonight was all about the four quarters, whereas previously we’ve had a great quarter or a great two quarters, but as they get older and as they mature they’ll be able to extend that for a longer period of time.”
Monash will be looking to make it two in a row when they face ninth placed ACU Sovereigns in Round 14.