Division one side continues impress, move into top two

Selkirk Sovereigns’ division one side is the pick of the three grades after four rounds of the Victorian Netball League season.

Division one has three wins from its four outings and is shaping up as a finals contender.

On Wednesday night it defeated Boroondara Express by 19 goals.

Coach Kim Bailey said the side had kept the majority of last year’s line-up together and that familiarity and on-court chemistry was showing.

“We still have the nucleus as we did last year and you can just see that the girls have played together for a little while now and it makes a big difference,” Bailey told The Courier.

Chloe Wilson

Chloe Wilson

The only blemish on Sovereigns’ 67 goals to 48 victory was the second term, where it conceded 19 goals to trail by a goal at half-time.

Bailey said that was the next step for the group, executing across four quarters.

“We controlled the game virtually all night except for the second quarter where we had a lapse.

“They’re the things we need to work on where we’ve got that consistency right across the four quarters.

“At VNL level you can’t do that (lapse for a quarter).

“It’s probably more of a mental thing, I think we get ahead and we relax.”

Making the win even better was the absence of Jess (hamstring) and Rachel (overseas) Leader, seeing others step-up to the plate – both are expected to be right for next week’s clash with Hawks Netball.

In the championship division, Sovereigns fell 24 goals short of Boroondara.

Sovereigns trailed by 10 goals at the first change and maintained that margin until half-time, but dropped away after the main break.

Sovereigns are yet to bring-up a championship victory and it will be a tall order to change that next week against a Hawks side boasting a 3-1 record.

Meanwhile, the 19/under side went down by 28 goals. Losing each quarter by similar margins.