Job Done recorded their second straight win in Charlestown’s A Grade on Saturday, with the 55-34 win over Misfits a pleasing sign for coach Kris Lonsdale, who said she’s looking to drill “consistency” into the squad that’s looking to return to the finals.
“We had a pretty inconsistent start to last season, but we’ve had a few changes to the team this season and I’m hoping we can lock down more consistency,” Lonsdale said.
“We’re working on a few key combinations, and I’m confident we can get into the finals again. We want to win, the team is aiming to make the grand final so hopefully if we can gel well we can do that.”
The team has already taken an early step towards that goal, with their 21-goal victory putting the girls in blue on top on goal difference.
Lonsdale also praised her side for their resilience in the blistering heat that threatened to tip over the mid-30s mark as the midday matches were played out.
“It was a bit of a slow start because it was a pretty hot day, but the girl’s came away with a good solid win in the end, so I’m happy with that,” she said.
“It’s the start of the season, so they don’t really have the match fitness to deal with heat like that fully, but they handled it well on Saturday and that’s great to see.”
Charlestown Netball also celebrated the official opening of the new-look Jack Stewart Courts, with local minister for Charlestown Jodie Harrison snipping the ribbon at the Saturday event. Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser was also in attendance.
Also in the second round, Central Leagues continued their strong start to the season with a 54-34 win over Watters, while Impact edged Purnells in a gritty 10-goal win. The score ended 48-38 at the final whistle.
In the final match at the Jack Stewart Netball Courts, Illusion got their season underway with their first victory, securing a 49-29 win over Central Crossfire to level their record to 1-1.
A GRADE STANDINGS: Job Done, Central Leagues, Impact (6), Illusion, Watters (4), Purnells, Misfits, Crossfire (2).