Full court defence key focus for Hamilton Kangaroos

GOOD FORM: Hamilton Kangaroos' Rhi Davis catches the ball in her club's hard-fought win over Portland on Anzac Day. Picture: Morgan Hancock
GOOD FORM: Hamilton Kangaroos' Rhi Davis catches the ball in her club's hard-fought win over Portland on Anzac Day. Picture: Morgan Hancock

MEL Starr is urging Hamilton Kangaroos to use ‘full court defence’ as one of its trademark features as they plot a return to finals action.

Starr’s Kangaroos reversed a seven-goal deficit at quarter time to run out seven goal victors against Portland on Anzac Day.

Hamilton Kangaroos are now wedged in sixth place, while Portland slid to second last on the back of the loss.

It’s about solidifying that and building on what we did against Portland.

Mel Starr

Starr said consolidation was important leading into round four.

“We need to consolidate match-ups and line-ups. I don’t know the other teams, so we’ve used the first three games to try some different combinations,” she said.

“We’re working out where our strengths are in those combinations. From now, it’s about solidifying that and building on what we did against Portland.”

Starr, a first-year coach at Hamilton Kangaroos, said the reversal of the seven-goal deficit bred confidence within her side.

“It wasn’t a pretty game from us at all,” Starr laughed.

“It’s getting that trust and being able to let go of the ball when you see that first option. The girls will get there.

“I’d love to see a lot of full court defence from our girls and working to turn the ball over quickly.”