Geelong West coach Amy Barton praised her young side’s nerve and fast start to grind out their seven-goal win against Anakie,the team’s second win for the year.
The Giants got off to a fast start and held their lead throughout most of the match, eventually holding onto a 54-47 victory.
Naomi Maaka was crucial on the offensive end, finishing with an enormous 43 goals, while Kristie March chipped in 11 for the Giants. Nikki Slaven shot 27 and Kellie Watts had 20 for the Roos.
Barton acknowledge Stacey Smith, who was “solid in goal keeper, created a lot of turnovers and one shot opportunities”, and Jessica Hayes for her performance in the mid court, as the standout players.
The Giants now sit at 11th on the ladder, one spot behind the Roos based on percentage.
“We wanted to get a good jump, we had a bit of a sketchy start against Anakie last time we played, our aim was to get the jump on them and keep the pressure up.” Barton said.
Barton said her side could have played better on the day, but showed their desire to win.
“We didn’t play our best, but we had the hunger to hold on and win,” she said.
Barton also said she made “a lot of risky changes at halftime, but it showed our depth and the girls held their nerve”.
“Our composure really stood out, we played steady netball, slowed the game down and created a lot of turnovers,” she said.
Barton added that her team wouldn’t be getting ahead of itself despite winning two in a row.
“We’re not getting over confident, we’re second last from the bottom so there’s not much to play for in regards for this season, but the girls are showing great pride,” she said.