GDFL NETBALL: Tigers top Giants, but coach demands more intensity

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The Thomson Tigers photo: Geelong sports photography

Thomson coach Terry Corry was pleased with his side’s second half in the win against Geelong West but maintained intensity will be an important factor in his side’s premiership hopes.

The Tigers held a solid lead of 17 goals at the main break before they flicked the switch in the second half and ran away with 89-44 victory over the Giants.

Errin Lang, whose “experience is second to none, especially in a tight situation” according to Corry, was a dominant force with 62 goals. Naomi Maaka top scored for the Giants with 29.

With the win the Tigers hold onto third spot on the ladder, leading only Corio by a slim percentage in fourth spot.

“We’re still working on putting four solid quarters of intensity, and we stepped up after halftime defensively and offensively, our work rate increased which was great because there was no intensity in the first half,” Corry said post-match.

He commended the up and coming Giants side.

“GW (Geelong West) has improved a lot, over the last eight weeks they have really stepped up,” Corry said.

He said he trialled new positions in Giorgia Hinkley, who will “be vital come finals time”, and Elley Heard down to goal keeper.

Corry said his side must be ready to play next week against North Geelong in order to consolidate a double chance over Corio.

“I think once we get over next week which we are focusing on, it will then hit the girl’s pretty hard (finals), but we can’t focus on the finals yet until we know who we play,” he said.

“It’s an old fashioned saying but its week by week for us, we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Lang, Heard and Shannyn Leach whose “work rate has been huge for us,” were the standouts for Thomson, Corry said.

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