Cavaliers riding high as Hawks plummet 

REIGNING state league netball premiers Cavaliers gained bragging rights over cross-town rival Northern Hawks in their Launceston derby at the Silverdome on Friday night.

Cavaliers led at every change to run out comfortable winners 42-29.

Cavaliers coach Lynda Colgrave described it as a solid victory for her side but said there was still room for improvement.

Northern Hawks stayed in touch with Cavaliers in the opening minutes of the match until Cavaliers started to dominate in defence by taking the front position on-court and on the scoreboard.

Hawks' Georgie Briggs performed well in goals against her former club and had a great tussle with Cavaliers defender Dannie Carstens.

Cavaliers led 13-9 at quarter- time and Hawks coach Kellie Woolnough made changes to the midcourt, looking to open up the space in attack.

Cavaliers' Savahn Overall read the play well with a few timely defensive tips to her team's advantage as Hawks struggled to convert their turnovers, trailing 24-17 at half-time.

The Hawks needed to find some composure in attack to mount any kind of challenge for the lead in the third quarter.

Hawks' Zoe Gough inspired her team with a well weighted intercept early in the quarter as Hawks goalies Briggs and Chelsea Coleman were strong in goals against experienced defenders Carstens and Sandra Bennett. Cavaliers continued to steal most of the time in possession of the ball and added three goals to their lead at the final break, 32-23.

Colgrave made a couple of substitutions in the last quarter, bringing Lucy Thannhauser on to wing defence and Claire Lovitt to goalkeeper.

Cavaliers' front end used the available space wisely and consistently to work the ball to their goalies, Cath van Keulen and Estelle Margetts.

Cavaliers continued with their quick ball movement throughout the quarter to push the margin out to a comfortable 13-goal win.

Woolnough said: "The game revealed our weaknesses and we'll now look to concentrate on bridging the gap to try and consolidate our position on the ladder."

Player of the match was Cavaliers captain Overall.

In the 19 and unders, Cavaliers proved too strong, winning 50-28, with Sarah Stuart player of the match.

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