The Canberra Darters suffered their third loss of the weekend, going down to the New South Wales Blues by 29 goals at the AIS Arena.
In the Darters final home game of the season, the Blues proved too strong for the home side to take the game 67-38.
The teams traded goals early before NSW got out to a five goal lead after 10 minutes. Strong pressure from the Darters defensive combination of
Melina Saunders and Casey Price helped the Darters hit back to trail by just two with three minutes left in the quarter.
Shooters Amy Wild and Joanne Day were impressive for NSW, making the most of their opportunities and converting with ease. Inaccurate shooting cost the Darters in the first, with the Blues going to the quarter-time break leading by four goals.
NSW scored the first three goals of the second term to lead by seven with two minutes gone in the quarter. Both teams created great pressure in defence, but NSW were able to capitalize on their opportunities to take a 14 goal lead with four minutes remaining in the quarter. Despite the Darters’ best efforts, NSW went to the half-time break leading 34-19.
The Darters made several changes in the third, but this failed to stop NSW’s rhythm, outscoring the home team 18-9 for the quarter. Captain Helen Barclay tried hard in defence for the Darters, while Jo Pivac was impressive in the shooting circle in the third, but the Canberra girls trailed by 24 goals at the final break.
In an improved performance in the final quarter, the Darters scored the first three goals of the quarter before NSW replied with three of their own.
The teams then exchanged goals throughout the quarter with the Blues eventually taking the quarter by five goals.
Darters captain Helen Barclay said that errors cost her team the chance to come closer to reaching the Blues’ score.
“There was no room for mistakes today, (and) we did make a few,” Barclay said.
Barclay was also grateful for the loyal Darters fans that have supported the team in their three home games this season.
“The crowd is so exciting …we really appreciate all the girls dressing in pink, (and) all the Mum’s and Dad’s for putting up with the cheering,” she said.
The Darters will now play the NSW Waratahs and Western Australia in Perth next weekend in the final round of the 2009 New Idea Australian Netball League.
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