The second week of the season provided some encouraging signs for the Metro Jets Open Division sides, with a win for John Macuz’s Division 5 team.
With newly promoted Georgia Rajic, team mainstay Hannah Dale and club newcomer Emily Aitken holding down the defensive positions, the Division 5 team managed to overcome a slow start to down DC Force 30-25.
Trailing at quarter and half time, Macuz emphasised the team’s strong pre-season and their improved fitness, imploring his side to work their way back into the match.
The response was emphatic, with the young, developing squad running over the top of DC in the second half to come away with the result.
“I said to the girls at half time that they were fitter [than their opponents], and they ran out the game very well,” coach Macuz said.
The win squares the team’s ledger for the season at 1-1, the first time for several seasons that they’ve enjoyed a win early in their campaign.
The team has struggled with changing line-ups and unavailable players, but it seems Macuz has finally found stability, which has already started paying off.
The coach singled out his defensive trio of Rajic, Dale and Aitken for praise after the game, complimenting their ability to gel together and persevere through four quarters.
“They’re improving every week. I’m happy with their development, and they work very hard,” said a clearly jubilant Macuz after the win.
Youngster Holly Rothnie continued her development, playing a strong hand in her goaling partnership with Camryn Edwards.
“She could be anything,” Macuz said of Rothnie, who at just 14 is already outperforming older opponents regularly. “Anything.”
The Division 5 team will have the chance to push further up the ladder this week against Essendon Thunder, who will be fresh off a bye.