THE Tasmanian Roar was its own worst enemy at times yesterday dropping four catches as New South Wales Breakers piled on 3-181 in their Women's Twenty20 clash at Launceston's NTCA Ground.
The total proved too great a task for the home team, which fell to a 76-run loss in the first of three clashes against the star-studded Breakers outfit.
Roar coach Julia Price conceded the effort in the field had made the task all-the-more difficult for her girls.
``We've got to just hold on to our catches, because that had a big impact on the game,'' Price said.
``If we'd held them, it wouldn't have been such a daunting chase when we went in to bat, because we still had some good performances with Belinda Page and Veronica Pyke batting well.
``Alex Blackwell was on about 20-odd and we also dropped (Leah) Poulton, but they weren't all sitters.
``We still bowled in good areas, but they were unconventional in their scoring. We had pretty good fields set, so they had to stretch a bit to score in different areas of the ground.''
The visitors built their innings around nationally-experienced duo Blackwell and Poulton, who scored 72 not out and 74 respectively.
Former Launceston player Meg Phillips impressed, taking 2-19 from three overs of her mediums, while skipper Veronica Pyke took 1-25 from four overs opening the bowling.
In reply, the Roar finished at 6-105, with Page (32 off 29) and Pyke (29 not out off 31 balls) doing most damage.
Sarah Aley took 3-22 with her mediums, while Ellyse Perry, Angela Reakes and Erin Osborne took a wicket each.
The two teams will meet again at the ground today for a 50-over match from 10am, before ending their weekend with another T20 encounter from 10am tomorrow.