GDFL NETBALL: Hawks prevail against red hot Giants

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Vanessa Finley McDonald was a match winner with 33 goals Photo: Jay Town

Inverleigh coach Steph Burns has praised her side’s team performance, in tough conditions, that has keft the Hawks finals hopes alive after accounting for the always-improving Geelong West Giants.

A tight encounter all throughout the match with multiple lead changes, it came down to the last quarter with the scores locked at 34-34 at three quarter time.

The Hawks held their nerve and eventually ground out a 47-45 victory to improve to seven wins and seven losses.

For the Hawks, Vanessa Finley McDonald shot 33 whilst Burns added 14, and Naomi Maaka was the top scorer with 38 for the Giants

“It was really good (team performance). We knew the Giants were going to be tough, they have a lot of potential,” Burns said post match.

Burns was particularly pleased with her team’s win considering the windy conditions that plagued the match.

“They were really tough conditions, the wind was always going to be an issue, but we adjusted and held our nerve and got the win in the end,” she said.

Burns also said that she trialled different combinations in Saturday’s clash.

“We were running a lot of fresh legs, we are lucky to have a lot of players that can play in multiple positions,” she said.

When asked what got her team over the line, Burns said: “It was probably our ability to convert over turnovers, we did that really well. It was also our defensive pressure that forced the Giants into mistakes.”

The Hawks are two wins out of the top 5, but Burns said her side was still looking towards September action.

“We are still looking to finals, we need to play our best netball in these last few games, and we’re not going to take our foot off,” she said.

Burns commended Melissa Whyte on her performance saying she “did her job really well and put a lot of pressure on”.

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