The Thunderbirds say there were flooded with relief after ending their five-game trans-Tasman Netball League losing streak against the West Coast Fever.
Adelaide coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson labelled Saturday afternoon’s 57-50 win against West Coast Fever as like an “elimination final win”, as her side battled to keep its trans-Tasman Netball League season alive.
The Thunderbirds had not won a match since its one-goal win over the NSW Swifts at home in round three and was under pressure to defend its premiership title.
Woodlands-Thompson said she was relieved to finally get a win on the board, but admitted the side had another tough four matches to go to prove its worth.
“It’s a bit of a relief and both teams needed to win that one,” Woodlands-Thompson said. “It was like the first of five elimination finals.
“We were very nervous and we looked scared to win all day.
“But when the time came to make the choices in the last 10 minutes of the game, they looked each other in the eye and made the right choices.
The Thunderbirds coach praised the defensive combination of goal keeper Rebecca Bulley and goal defence Kate Shimmin.
“Our defensive circle were rock solid the whole game,” Woodlands-Thompson said.
“To keep the Fever down to 50 goals is a huge effort.
“Full credit to Bulley on Bassett and also I thought Kate Shimmin did an excellent job and they were the backbone today.”
West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer was left to lament her side’s poor start, which allowed the home side a five goal buffer at the first break.
Plummer said her side took a while to settle into the game and was left to chase its tail throughout the match.
“The second quarter we won and we kept challenging and kept coming back,” Plummer said.
“But you can’t give the lead in the first quarter like we keep doing and then keep working overtime to pick it up.
“We actually have to be able to get that lead in the first quarter.
The Thunderbirds will turn their attention to its home clash with the Queensland Firebirds next Saturday and West Coast Fever will return home to battle it out with the NSW Swifts on Monday.