Cougars, Lynx claw down Thundercats
CONSISTENT improvement is something the Wide Bay Thundercats have strived for this year.
However, it was consistency in their results at the weekend which was most telling during the latest round of the Queensland State Netball League.
The Thundercats opened their double header weekend in Bundaberg with a 54-17 loss to reigning premiers Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars, before going down to Suncoast Lynx by, coincidentally, the same scoreline on Sunday.
Thundercats coach Kerrianne Farrelly said the lopsided scorelines didn't show the vast improvement her team had made since losing to Darling Downs by three points a fortnight ago.
"This team is improving week-by-week and had we met the Panthers this round rather than first-up, I believe we would have had a win under our belt," she said.
"We put up a good fight and they can definitely walk away with their heads held high."
Up against teams that boast a number of age group state representatives, the Thundercats knew they would have their work cut out for them, but showed a lot of heart against their more fancied rivals.
Thundercats assistant coach Tracy Riley said the team did well to limit the shooting opportunities, especially against the Cougars who racked up 81 goals in the corresponding game last year.
"Not once did any of them drop their head, which is a hard thing in netball when you're getting beaten," she said.
"But in both games they never gave up."
Hervey Bay's Katrina Tate led from the front, putting her body on the line to come away with a number of intercepts, while Holly Ferling shone in the second game to give her team a lift.
Riley expects the Thundercats young players to learn a lot from watching how a well-drilled and experienced unit operates.
"Some of these girls have never seen talent quite like it," she said.
"They probably went in thinking they were way out of their league, but now they know how to tackle and push hard for the ball.
"There are no shocks for them anymore and I think they walked away in their heads thinking they could compete just as well as those girls."
The Thundercats will now prepare for a road double header against Whitsunday Sharks (April 20) and Capricorn Claws (April 21).