Cavaliers find a game plan to face State League netball rival Karana

MUSCLE FLEXER: Cavaliers centre Lucy Dennis was an instrumental player in the season-defining performance in last Sunday's clash with Arrows at the Silverdome. Picture: Phillip Biggs
MUSCLE FLEXER: Cavaliers centre Lucy Dennis was an instrumental player in the season-defining performance in last Sunday's clash with Arrows at the Silverdome. Picture: Phillip Biggs

A resurgent victory over the reigning premiers looks to have triggered self-belief in the Cavaliers camp for the first time this year.

Coach Danni Carstens said the intensity of the two-goal win over Arrows should be a template for the remainder of the State League season.

“I think that really kicks in our season,” she said.

“You go into these games knowing that you’re playing a top-two side, so you have to deliver your best netball.

“Sometimes you can get a little bit complacent with your performance when you’re going into sides that aren’t necessarily in the top four even – you need to be a bit mindful of that.

“We need to be approaching every game like we are facing the top two teams and that’s to make sure we get that consistency from week to week through to the finals because every game from now is like a final.

“We certainly can’t rely on other teams’ results in order to land where we want to be in the top four.”

Cavaliers have recorded eight wins from 12 matches and are perched in third spot.

They are percentage ahead of fourth-placed Kingston, but with a game in hand on the Blues in a tight finals race.

Cripps Waratah is a further victory behind from 13 matches and Karana is two wins adrift of Cavaliers.

Carstens felt the side just has to deliver a similar game plan for its Saturday clash up against Karana in Hobart.

“It was all about the consistency to be able deliver the ball, make good choices under pressure, but be really patient until we get the ball to a shot because everyone knows we have a shorter shooting circle,” she said.

“So when you’re watching and playing at that level, you can take little moments away to really implement from against the top-two teams.”

Northern Hawks sits out the week after a first loss.