Claire Macuz’s Division 6 side has barely failed to pull off a major upset, falling just short of Park Panthers/Central Lynx in a hotly contested matchup.
Facing a four-goal deficit at three-quarter time, the Revellers fought back into the contest through clutch shooting from Scarlett Padden, even taking the lead late in the last, before fading late to fall to a 26-28 loss.
Missing key defender Molly Brown due to work commitments and mid-courter Brooke Zagami (overseas), under-17 star Natalie Williams was given an opportunity by the coaching staff to make her open-age debut.
Williams impressed in goal defence, showing speed and outstanding defensive instincts to blunt multiple Lynx attacks throughout the game.
Macuz was pleased with Williams’ debut, saying she did not look out of place.
“She did everything I asked of her,” enthused Macuz. “She provided run and carry through the middle third of the court. She’s so agile, she belongs at this level.”
Williams admitted to nerves before the game, but settled in as play commenced.
“I was a bit nervous, but once you start playing it’s just another game of netball,” the 16-year-old said.
Georgia Tymms continued her reinvention as a centre, playing her best game in the midcourt position. Tymms had five assists in a row in the second quarter, feeding Padden and Melissa Jones in the team’s best period.
Coach Macuz was impressed with Tymms’ performance, hailing her defensive pressure.
“I’ve been looking for that sort of effort for a long time, and she showed it to me this week,” Macuz said.
Macuz was at pains to praise the games of wing attack Tanya Beaumont, who is new to the club.“[Beaumont] is really good in wing attack. She’s creative. She works very well with [Padden] in goals. She’s got the capabilities to be a very strong feeder into the goalers, she works very hard,” the coach said.
The Division 6 side will enjoy a bye this week, before returning to court against Craigieburn on the 21st of February.