Tasmanian Magpies win both ANL games against Southern Force

MOVING UP: Tasmanian Kelsie Rainbow returned to the Magpies Australian Netball League side on Sunday after getting a sniff of Collingwood Super Netball experience.

MOVING UP: Tasmanian Kelsie Rainbow returned to the Magpies Australian Netball League side on Sunday after getting a sniff of Collingwood Super Netball experience.

Latest Collingwood Super netballer Kelsie Rainbow has returned to the Tasmanian Magpies lineup on Sunday to ensure that her home state captured a third win in a row.

Rainbow’s star turnout in the 56-49 victory off the back of sitting the bench on Saturday night had impressed Tasmanian-based assistant coach Claire Dennis no end.

“Kelsie was really strong and gave our goalers a lot of opportunity,” Dennis said.

A litany of errors didn’t.

Dennis admitted the side “only managed to hang on” in the back-to-back Australian Netball League weekend game. She refused to accept excuses after a commanding 17-goal win the night before over Southern Force.

“It was nothing against Saturday’s game – we just did not use the ball properly at all [on Sunday],” Dennis said.

“We made way too many errors in that second half.”

The Tasmanians had led by three goals at quarter-time and after a dominant 19-11 second term, that margin was pushed out to a further 11 at the long interval.

But the Force fought back to claim the final two terms. 

“They’re a very strong side, but we probably didn’t make good decisions,” Dennis said.

“We just didn’t stick to our game plan and allowed them to come back into it.”

Dennis felt the side gave the South Australians a real sniff of an upset, but walked away feeling the comeback was a good wake-up call.

“It’s good to come away with the points, but we still have a lot to work and a lot to improve on,” she said.

Sharpshooters Jane Cook (28) and Alice Teague-Neeld (26) combined for a high 86 per cent accuracy at the ring.