Thundercats lift but remain winless
NOT even the support of a vocal home crowd could inspire the Wide Bay Thundercats to their first win of the Queensland State Netball League season.
It was standing room only as about 350 people packed to see the Thundercats double header at Hervey Bay PCYC at the weekend.
But unfortunately it wasn't the result the home fans would have wanted with the Thundercats going down 53-26 to the Logan Wildcats yesterday, less than 17 hours after losing 68-30 to title contenders Golden South Jaguars.
Despite losing both contests, Thundercats coach Kerrianne Farrelly said the players fed off the crowd's energy and enthusiasm.
Every goal, every intercept and every rebound was met with a rousing cheer as the supporters did everything in their power to will their team on.
"(We had) more consistency in these two games than we've had in previous double headers and I sort of knew they would step up having the home crowd behind them," Farrelly said.
"Every one of those girls knew they were giving back to our supporters and that we owe them for where we are.
"At the end of the day we're at the bottom of the table, but if you compare the style, the aggression and the commitment from these girls compared to last year, the scores are even showing we're doing better and we're improving all the time."
The Jaguars and Wildcats rattled the Thundercats' composure with their relentless pace and swift ball movement.
But the Thundercats' defence, led by Hervey Bay's Katrina Tate, made sure it would not be a walk in the park by pulling off some stunning intercepts and applying a physical style of netball.
While Farrelly said she could not fault her team's effort and intensity, it wasn't until the last quarter of yesterday's game that all three thirds of the Thundercats court started to click as one.
Moving Holly Ferling from goalkeeper to wing attack meant the Thundercats were able to use shooter Krystal Rouvray to better effect, and almost match the Wildcats on the scoreboard, losing the quarter by just two goals.
Rouvray's ability to sink some long range bombs ensured the atmosphere was electric, while young centre Jodie Zagami of Maryborough did a good job controlling the tempo and pace for her team.