Waratahs dominate in Sydney

The Netball NSW Waratahs are turning their focus to reigning Australian Netball League (ANL) premiers the Victorian Fury after producing a clean sweep over the Canberra Darters in Week Two action reports AIMEE DAWSON.

The Waratahs defeated the Darters in both games played at Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park, over the weekend, taking Saturday night’s match 52-37 and then 65-46 on Sunday.

The victories sees the Waratahs with three wins and a draw from four ANL outings so far this season.

However the real test for the team will be next weekend when they travel to Melbourne to face the unbeaten Fury.

Waratahs coach Briony Akle said the games against the Fury will be tough, but also a good indication of where her side is at this year.

“I think for us it’s just about building into our game and us playing a better second half of netball and just playing our game and not worrying about their winning streak,” Akle said.

The Waratahs were fast out the blocks in both matches against the Darters, setting up their lead in the first half of both games. But they slightly fell away in the second half with the Darters able to regain some ground.

“We were really happy with this weekend,” Akle said.

“We started both games really well which I think is the difference between last week and this week – we actually got off to a really good start and that set us up for the rest of the game. However probably a negative for us was our second halves in both games this weekend.”

The NSW team again took advantage of their ability to call on ANZ Championship-listed players, with NSW Swifts duo Kaitlyn Bryce and Lauren Moore joining the team for Sunday’s game.

“I think `why not’ (utilise the ANZ Championship players) to be honest. It’s a great experience for our players to play with those girls and to be able to use their experience on the court to help our girls, I think is just a fabulous opportunity,” Akle said.

Akle has identified young defender Teigan O’Shannassy as one of the players that’s impressed her the most in Waratahs’ first four games.

“Teigan has come straight from our 17’s state team and has taken her opportunity on the court and has been a ray of sunshine for us,” Akle said.

“She’s come on each game and has played better and better, so for me, she is probably a key player.”

The Fury-Waratahs matches are part of a triple header of action involving all six sides in Week 3 with Southern Force and Western Sting to have their first outings of the season.

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