Maples aim to dim Rising Stars

The return of the national women’s
netball league sees Division one teams Roma face Rawlinson and Hunter while
Maples and Calder battle Rising Stars World Gym.

After a sizeable Easter break
matches resume tonight at 6pm at the netball courts of Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Sudan Powell and Roma’s powerful
offense will go toe-toe with Melanie Lewis and Catherine Anderson while Sasha
Powell and Maples hope their touch is better than that of Geraldeen Smith and
the other Rising Stars.  

Out of all the teams Maples have
had a pretty rough time of things losing almost all of their matches by narrow
margins.

The significant lay-off might seem
like a double whammy ahead of the final regular season games. However as star
player Christina Gordon states the break is not an issue.

“To me the break is not a problem.
Netball is like riding a bike and it comes back naturally. It’s not like we’ve
been standing still either you know as we have had practice sessions to keep
fresh.”

Gordon is a centre-court player in
her first season with the club. She primarily helps the offense as a Wing
Attacker though she is known to play Centre.

A netball player since her grammar
school days, Gordon feels she, like her team-mates, has done pretty well so
far.

“I don’t like tooting my own horn
so I’ll just say I think I’ve played well,” Gordon said. “I’ve held my own at
centre-court.

“As a team we played our best. The
problem has been the link between centre-court and our attacking players. With
goals not going in that causes a strain on our game.

“You have to remember too that
we’re a fairly new team and we don’t have the chemistry of the others. The fact
that we’ve come this far is a credit to our captain Keisha Terry. As a leader
she has done all the right things.”

In spite of the losses Gordon is
optimistic about her team’s end to the regular season.

“We have three games left and
everyone wants to win. I’m expecting us to do our best. We’re going in to games
as the underdogs but I hope to have at least one win in the bag.”

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