THE Northern Hawks made a flying start in their State League netball match against Devon at the Silverdome yesterday and went on to record a convincing 70-37 victory over their North-West opponent.
The visitors could not stop the Hawks' attack through the court which was direct and well-timed in the goal third.
Hawks defenders Steffi Grenda and Zoe Gough made it hard for Devon with strong work off the ball to create pressure and force errors, giving the home team the lead at quarter time, 18-7.
Devon defender Emma Davy showed some resistance taking a few timely intercepts in the goal third for her team.
Hawks goalies Chelsea Coleman and Danni Pickett moved well in the circle to receive the ball but struggled to convert all of their attempts at goal in the second term with the Hawks having a 33-16 advantage at half-time.
Coleman and Pickett found their radar again in the third quarter ensuring turnovers made in defence were being rewarded.
Hawks feeders Sarah Lyons and Ashton Whiley made it virtually impossible for Davy and Leearn McNamara to cut off any balls to the Hawks' shooting duo.
The Hawks piled on 21 goals for the quarter to lead 54-22 at the final change.
Their movement and ball placement was a highlight in the last quarter.
Their defence forced Devon to attack wide which the Hawks to pick off stray passes helping them to a convincing 33-goal win.
Player of the match was the Hawks' Sarah Lyons.
Hawks coach Steffi Grenda said they achieved the goals that were set for the game and she was happy with the progress made at this stage of the season.
The Northern Hawks 19-and-under side won its match against Devon, 45-34.
Player of the match was Hawks goal shooter Catherine Fisher.
Meanwhile the Tasmanian under-17 netball team finished the national championships in Melbourne in seventh place, defeating the Northern Territory 33-27 in the play-off for seventh and eighth place.
Tasmanian players Dana Lester and Shelby Miller were selected in the national development squad after the championships.
The state under-19 team finished sixth, losing to New South Wales 37-27 in the play-off for fifth and sixth spot.