Central Leagues remain one of three undefeated teams in Charlestown’s A Grade netball competition this season, after a convincing 67-35 win over Illusion on Saturday saw them move to a 3-0 record in 2019.
The team, who came together at the start of the season for the first time after playing opposite each other in indoor competitions for much of their careers, move into equal first place on the ladder after their three successive victories. Central sit second on percentage so far. Impact leads with with 70 percent to Central’s 59.8.
It’s been a quick process in gelling together as a team playing at the Jack Stewart courts, coach Michelle McPherson said after the 32-goal win. Her expectation was that the team would take time to settle, and was pleasantly surprised to stay undefeated in the opening month.
“Everyone knows their positions, so that has come together well,” McPherson said.
“We have a few young girls in there – the youngest is 14 and the oldest 37, so it’s a pretty big age difference, I think the goal is to develop them as players.”
The Central coach admits the wins haven’t come easy, however, and said she thought the games had been “great quality” and “hard”.
“Coming into the comp, we didn’t know what the competition would be like, and the scorelines definitely aren’t representing the games,” she said. “We play to win, we have our eye on the finals.”
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McPherson praised “utility star” Emma Dumbrill, and said Dumbrill had proven her talent across the court. The squad coach believes her defensive skills have been a “major reason” behind the three wins to start the season for Central.
She also praised Charlestown’s new playing surface, revealing some of Central’s players have “returned to their grassroots” at the Jack Stewart courts after playing the past few years in the Newcastle system.
“A lot of us have played in town before and made the decision to move back to Charlestown because of the courts, it has been great to have some fresh faces back in the competition, over all it’s been a real boost for Charlestown.”
Elsewhere on Saturday, Job Done remained undefeated with a tight 43-35 win over Purnells, while Misfits scored their first win with a 44-32 triumph over Crossfire. Sixth placed Watters forfeit their third round match against current league leaders Impact, giving the United team the automatic win.
TABLE: Impact, Central, Job Done (9), Illusion, Misfits (5), Watters (4), Purnells, Crossfire (3)