Central Coast Heart are on the board for the 2016 Samsung Premier League after defeating ERNA Hawks, 54-46, in Round 2 action last night, Wednesday 27 April, at Netball Central.
With both teams searching for their first win of the season, it was always going to be a highly contested battle. However it is the Heart who took the spoils following their final quarter effort, with the lead exchanging hands throughout the fast paced contest.
Both teams showed their cards early, opting to transition the ball quickly through the court to gift their shooters the most opportunities to have an impact on the scoreboard. Despite the Hawks leading for the majority of the opening minutes, the Heart finished strong to take a slim one-goal lead at the first break.
With the Heart leading by two goals to begin the final quarter, the Heart were in high spirits. The defensive pressure by Tianna Cummings and Leanne Grevenitz
was relentless, whilst consistent shooting percentages from the Heart goalers helped secure the win.
“We’re thrilled to have a win on the board in round 2”, said Opens Head Coach Amber Cross. “The girls have been training intensely and it showed on the court last night” concluded Amber.
The Heart will meet the Manly Warringah Sapphires in Round 3.
Unfortunately the 20/U team struggled, going down to the Hawks by 16 goals.