Impact has moved to an undefeated 4-0 start to their 2019 season after a close 40-34 win over fellow United team Illusion on Saturday afternoon.
After the United team, made up mostly by young junior representatives and “future stars” moved into the top grade, coach Mandy Phelps-Ross didn’t expect they’d collect wins left and right. Now they’ve claimed four in a row, and don’t look like slowing down in the Charlestown A Grade competition.
“The girls have made the transition into A Grade amazingly well, especially considering its a team of U14, U15, and U17 representative players,” the Impact coach said. “They’ve made that adjustment to that level of game brilliantly, and I’m very, very happy with how they’ve done.
“We didn’t expect it at all,” Phelps-Ross said of the undefeated start to the season more than a month in. “The girls are a mixture of those rep teams, and it’s all future stars, but they haven’t played together a huge amount.
“It goes to show the depth of the talent in this team, that they can make that transition and keep performing. But no, we weren’t expecting it to go so well at all.”
Now that Impact have found themselves atop the Charlestown table after four rounds – equal only with Central Leagues, who picked up an automatic win on the bye round last weekend – Phelps-Ross believes they could push on to do even better than first expected in 2019.
“Every single one of them have stepped up massively so far and it’s great to see,” she said.
“I think we can aim for first. There’s a couple of hard games to come, and we haven’t played Job Done especially yet, or Watters yet. There’ll be more tough challenges.
“As the season progresses my girls will only get better and better, and they’ve all got senior state titles in about five weeks, as well as junior state titles, and they’re only going to take that experience and take their gameplay to the next level. I expect everyone of them to excel all across 2019, but in Charlestown and beyond.”
Also on Saturday afternoon Watters knocked over Job Done 54-30 to move to a 2-2 record in the top four, while Purnells scored a 45-25 win over Misfits. Central Leagues had the fourth round bye.