Cavaliers win by two goals over Arrows in State League netball thriller

GAME FACE: A determined Lucy Dennis stars for Cavaliers in midcourt while under pressure from the Arrows defence during Sunday's key State League netball encounter at the Silverdome. Picture: Phillip Biggs
GAME FACE: A determined Lucy Dennis stars for Cavaliers in midcourt while under pressure from the Arrows defence during Sunday's key State League netball encounter at the Silverdome. Picture: Phillip Biggs

A casual glance from home of social media has helped orchestrate a 47-45 victory for Cavaliers over reigning premiers Arrows on Sunday.

Danni Carstens-coached side did what the Northern Hawks couldn’t do on Saturday night in stopping Arrows from stealing two Silverdome wins in less than 24 hours.

Carstens watched parts of Arrows’ six-goal upset off the Hawks’ Facebook live stream that formed late strategy.

“So we did have a bit of an idea of where they might be positionally through the court today,” Carstens said.

“Arrows’ style doesn’t generally change – they play an offline, zonal-type of game and order to break it we just needed to be doing the things we needed all of the time and not just for snippets.”

The initiative had certainly paid dividends early when the Cavaliers pulled away to a five-goal lead at the first change and nine by the next.

But five unanswered goals from Arrows narrowed the margin to two late in the third quarter until the Cavs steadied with five of their own on either side of the break.

Arrows never got closer than two goals in the final term after defenders Tessa Coote and Brie Rattray had swatted every loose chance.

FULL FLIGHT: Cavaliers goal defence Tessa Coote stretches the Arrows attack. Picture: Phillip Biggs

FULL FLIGHT: Cavaliers goal defence Tessa Coote stretches the Arrows attack. Picture: Phillip Biggs

“For us that game in the end represented what we’ve been training for teams like Hawks and Arrows, who have a similar offline style with a tall shooter,” Carstens said.

“That was 11 girls nailing the structure for me for almost 60 minutes of netball.”

The match marked the full return of Tasmanian Magpies midcourter Shelby Miller.

LOOSE RUN: Cavaliers midcourter Shelby Miller gets away from Arrows. Picture: Phillip Biggs

LOOSE RUN: Cavaliers midcourter Shelby Miller gets away from Arrows. Picture: Phillip Biggs

She combined strongly from wing attack with Lucy Dennis and Dana Lester.

“We have been a bit disjointed that the connections haven’t really formed, even though we’ve had that extra experience,” Carstens said.

“So it was really nice to see that midcourt control for most of the game.”