By Jordan Witte and Claire Macuz
The flickering flame representing the Metro Revellers Division 2 team’s chances of making the finals has officially been snuffed out after a heartbreaking 24-28 loss at the hands of DC Force on Tuesday night.
The last-placed Force notched up their third win of the season with a clinical shooting display, taking advantage of a Revellers defense missing star keeper Claire Johnson.
With just seven players available to select from, the Revellers remained within striking distance for the entire game, but were unable to strike a decisive blow when it counted.
A shaky start from 17-year-old Haylee Wilcox put the Revellers on the back foot early, with goal attack Elle Kamay doing the heavy lifting with four goals from four attempts to keep the Revellers in touch.
Goal-keeper Casey Jess, thrust into a starting role due to Johnson’s absence, racked up three intercepts in a starring first quarter, holding Force’s shooters at bay.
Centre Jacky Rooney has proved a tireless link in the centre of the court throughout the season. Her game on Tuesday night stood up under immense pressure from Force’s midcourt, with the speedy centre handing out six assists in the first half. Rooney finished with nine assists for the game, a team-high total.
In what must have surely been an incredibly frustrating game to play, the Revellers threw everything at Force for four quarters. Coach Ferruccio Servello pulled out every tactic, every zone and all styles of play in the book in a desperate attempt to wrestle back momentum.
It was all for nought, as DC’s shooters continued to score at a consistent, steady clip, eclipsing all the good work done by a patient Revellers side.
Fast netball. Slow netball. Long passing, zone-busting netball. Short passing, using both tenacious wing defence Courtney Czak and fiery wing attack Kali Fraser, to work through the court. Nothing seemed to faze the Force, who played out of their skin, denying Reveller entry after Reveller entry.
Down six goals at three-quarter time, Metro required a massive effort from their seven players. Wilcox and Kamay outscored DC’s shooters; Gina Blake snagged several rebounds at important moments, and the Revellers limited their turnovers to just three for the quarter.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as the Force stayed a step ahead, running out four-goal winners on a tough night for the Revellers, who are officially eliminated from finals contention.
Lineup: C. Jess, G. Blake, C. Czak, J. Rooney, K. Fraser, E. Kamay, H. Wilcox
- Kamay 9/14
- Wilcox 15/25
Votes: J. Rooney 3 C. Jess 2 K. Fraser 1