Tasmania record back-to-back wins in Australian Netball League

CATCH IT: Launceston-bred Shelby Miller in full flight on Saturday night for the Tasmanian Magpies. Picture: Magpies Netball.

CATCH IT: Launceston-bred Shelby Miller in full flight on Saturday night for the Tasmanian Magpies. Picture: Magpies Netball.

Tasmanian Magpies have continued to make greater strides each game at the early point of the Australian Netball League season.

The Collingwood Super Netball feeder side’s latest triumph came about in the shape of a strong 62-45 win against Southern Force on Saturday night in Melbourne.

Tasmanian assistant coach Claire Dennis was quick to stress the Magpies were keen not to rest on their laurels.

“It was a great follow up from Sunday’s win,” she said.

“We really hope to keep pushing on from this start.” 

After going down by two goals against reigning champions Western Sting in last week’s season opener, the Tasmanians bounced back to win by 18 the next day.

They bettered that margin against the Adelaide-based team six days on. 

Dennis said the structures have started to fall into place just three appearances into a 14-game ANL year.

“We’re getting more of the ball, we’re getting more possession,” she said, “and the girls are all playing with good intent and sticking to the game plan, which is now allowing us to have more shots on goal.”

In lieu of the death of the Tassie Spirit at the back end of 2015, Dennis said Shelby Miller, Maddie Carter and Zanna Jodlowska controlled the middle late against a very deflated opposition.

“We had good players all across the court, but we finished them with an all-Tasmanian midcourt,” she said.

The Magpies aim to earn a third win in four starts when both teams meet on Sunday.

“Today means nothing if we can’t put it out on court tomorrow,” Dennis said.