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5 Oct 2020
Comets Men's vs Demons Semi Final Match Report
By Lyn Pemberton
Men's Head Coach
The Curtin Hamersley Comets Men’s team have melded together with 8 new team members for 2020. Great mates off court and challenging team mates on court. In 2020 we have all worked hard on basic skills and game knowledge; each week we have seen some ups and downs with player rotation working out who can do what against the various opposition – however the minor Semi Final round saw the hard work rewarded with a win through to the Preliminary Finals of the Gold Industry Group West Australian Netball league.
Comets got a quick jump out to a 4-1 lead in a few minutes however we couldn’t contain Demons last 5 minute run of 4 goals seeing us at 11-13 down at the first break. We stayed with the same lineup for the 2nd and found ourselves down at half time with Comets 19 and Demons 23.
We stayed with the same shooting line up of Thomas and Lee-Tauroa whose shooting conversion off the centre pass and long court was of high quality. We brought on two young players into Wing Attack and Goal Defence with some shuffling of the remaining players for the 3rd and 4th.
These moves gained us a 14 goal haul to Demons 13 for the 3rd quarter. The ball handling was crisp and on target with a 92% Centre Pass conversion rate. However Demons were just as good.
Going into the 4th quarter we were still 3 goals down – Comets defensive pressure across the court intensified and we held Demons to an 8 goal quarter and Comets slotted a 100% 12/12 quarter finishing the game with a 1 goal win.
Throughout the game the lads worked hard to execute the game plan and be disciplined with our structures.
The shooting lineup of Thomas and Lee-Tauroa provided the centre court with strong targets all night and finished with an impressive 92% accuracy.
The centre court of Mitchell, Clark, Anderson and Millar were disciplined with the ball placement and constantly worked on repeat efforts to connect the back end to the front.
The defence line up of Charlie, Ramsay and Moore was relentless and their work rate was tremendous – and the centre court and shooters rewarded their defensive team mates with strong ball handling and shooting.
Young Wade Moore was sensational in Goal Defence – injecting his amazing athleticism and vertical jump to perfection – rejecting two key goals and some quick intercepts and defensive pickups; gave the team the needed injection of energy. The support and engagement from the bench helped maintain intensity in defence and control in attack to take the win 45 - 44 with a minute to spare and Comets controlled the last phase of play to wind the clock down.
Shout out to the bench players and our 13th man in the grandstand; your sportsmanship and game engagement meant that you put the team before your personal desire to be on court; it’s also heartening to see as a coach that if I needed to inject you into the game at any time you were ready. This is a tough gig on the bench; however you were all amazing – thank you.
Comets will face Western Roar October 9 for a spot in the 2020 Grand Final.