By Jordan Witte and Claire Macuz
A stunning third quarter from Division 4 centre Gabby Bassi was the catalyst for the first win of Metro Jets’ season, defeating Melbourne University (MUNC) 23-18.
The versatile midcourter had 7 assists in the quarter after being shifted into the position at half time.
Aided by a stifling defensive performance from goalkeeper Mikayla Johnston-Bailey and accurate shooting from Heidi Macuz and Megg Ryan, the Jets were able to build a solid lead of 4 goals over MUNC at the final break, before consolidating the lead early in the final quarter.
Bassi’s performance was just reward for a standout pre-season, with the midcourter returning from Christmas break noticeably fitter to run out a full game in midcourt positions.
Joining her in the midcourt was Alanna Macuz, the sister of Heidi, who earned a promotion to Division 4 after enjoying a successful pre-season. The hybrid wing defence/goal defence has been moved further up the court, and displayed intelligence and sharp ball movement during a stint in wing attack.
Casey Jess proved to be a sore point for MUNC, driving and controlling the flow of the ball alongside Bassi down the court, and displayed critical fast decision-making inside her defensive ring.
The win by the Jets comes after a strong preseason, with structure, defence and fitness as the finer points of the sessions.
They take on Melbourne Cricket Club next Tuesday, and will be looking to solidify their position as a serious contender throughout the season.