Warriors warned to lift game, even after victory

OLD Collegians coach Lisa Arundell has warned her team it will need to lift its game with some challenges laying ahead.

The Warriors made it two wins from their opening two rounds on Saturday when they defeated Kolora-Noorat 46-31 at the Davidson Oval courts.

The scoreline makes for predictable reading but the result hid the fact the Warriors were made to work hard all the way.

“We have some big games coming up and if we are to be competitive we need to step it up a bit,” Arundell said. “It was a frustrating game to watch. We were a bit out of sorts and things just didn’t quite happen.

“We have three new girls so it will take a while for us to gel and the Power were really good. They made us work really hard for everything.”

Kolora-Noorat was coming off a good first-round win over South Rovers and had ambitions to cause an early-season upset.

The contest was tight early and at quarter-time the Warriors held a 9-6 lead.

They were able to extend that in the second quarter to 22-17 by half-time, but the young Power team continued to snap at their heels.

The visitors stuck to the task in the third quarter and by the final break had pegged the margin back, with the Warriors leading 31-27.

With the game in the balance the Warriors showed their class and were able to find something extra to produce a match-winning surge. With Jodie Maybery and Jess Downing leading the defence and Steph Townsend and Sophie Ballinger in attack, Old Collegians dominated the last quarter to record a 15-goal win.

While Arundell was happy to get the win, Kolora-Noorat coach Glenice Justin was far from disheartened about her team’s loss. 

“I was very happy with our girls and very proud of their efforts,” Justin said.

“We have come a long way since playing them last season and we really pushed them for three quarters.

“In the end their experience showed out and we all know how good a team they are and it was good for us to be exposed to the kind of all-court pressure they challenge you with.”

Better players for the Power included Faye Clarke in centre, Linda Clifford at goal attack and Tania Barbary as goal keeper. 

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