NORTH GAMBIER 52 d CASTERTON SANDFORD 27
NORTH Gambier are still be working out exactly what combination works best as they continue to battle injury and unavailable players.
But the good news is the Tigers recorded their first convincing win of the Western Border netball season to make it two from five as they look to cover heavy off season players losses.
The Tigers’ 25-goal win over Casterton Sandford was its most comfortable so far in 2019.
The Cats, who have also had their share of player unavailability and injury, were as tenacious as always, but just could not convert possession into a score often enough.
That was partially due to the defensive pressure from the Tigers, led by coach Noni McConnell, who was at her tight-checking best as well as getting her hands to plenty of ball to convert defence into offence for her team mates.
Her combination with Maddie Whaites continues to develop, with Whaites one of the most reliable defenders in the competition.
Ash Kalantarian, who will need to continue to take a strong leadership role on court for the Tigers, was clearly best on court with her hard running and smart feeding.
Her connection with Alisha Bryan has proven to be hard to stop in recent weeks.
For the Cats, it was errors and inconsistency which stopped them from seriously challenging the Tigers, but, as they have been all season, Scarlett Jarrad and Madalene Cleary were the Cats’ best.