Sovereigns eye great chance to open its championship account

Sekirk Sovereigns have a great opportunity to open its Victorian Netball League championship division account when it takes on Wilson Storage Southern Saints on Wednesday.

Sovereigns is winless after eight rounds, while the Saints have just one – breaking its drought last week against Ariels.

Sovereigns have endured a difficult month, suffering four losses in excess of 35 goals – a 50-goal loss to Melbourne University last week the worst of the defeats.

Sovereigns coach Guy Keane said this was a real opportunity for his young side to show what it can do against a similarly-matched outfit.

“Saints have had a similar season to Sovereigns, injuries and lack of consistency, so it will be a very good opportunity for the team to put together a four-quarter effort,” Keane said.

“We will be working hard to limit our errors in attack and increase our defensive pressure.

“Again, we show glimpses of our potential, especially in our attack-end with strong drives and ball speed and showing good decision-making with control. We just need to continue developing our consistency with these.”

Keane said the main focuses had been around all-court pressure. Recovering once a turnover occurs as well as applying enough pressure to create there own turnovers. 

Coach Guy Keane

Coach Guy Keane

“Our consistency in attack – recognising when we have made basic skill errors and recovering quickly from these errors.

“(And our) work rate in defence to dictate and delay the opposition – (we) need to contest the first ball more to apply pressure all over the court.”

The division one side will be hoping to continue its impressive season.

It is currently sitting in fourth spot and faces a Saints side that is eager to take its spot. The Saints have won just one of its last four matches, including two two-goal losses. This bodes as an “eight-point game” as the two teams jostle for a top four spot.

Meanwhile, the 19/unders will be gunning for back-to-back victories.