WESTERN Sting fell just short of a stunning comeback win in the Australian Netball League against the Queensland Fusion over the weekend.
Trailing by seven goals at three quarter time, the home side – urged on by a vocal crowd at the State Netball Centre – rallied to lose by a solitary goal, 54-53.
Despite the strong performance from the young side, coach Michelle Wilkins was disappointed to lose both matches over the weekend.
“We have to get better at finishing,” she said.
“Overall, it’s disappointing to not have won the game, but it was certainly a much better performance across the four quarters.”
Queensland set the pace early in the first term but Sophie Garbin kept the home side in the contest by shooting for goal at 82 per cent.
She finished the game with 40 from 49 shots.
Sunday Aryang was outstanding in the defensive circle combining with Olivia Lewis to gain a number of interceptions, but it the Fusion took a four goal lead into the first break.
Sting came out on top in the second term, narrowing the margin to one goal before the Fusion wrestled the momentum back.
Vice captain Jessica Penny came off the bench into goal defence, a move that helped the home side cut the margin to three goals at half time.
Fusion fought hard to establish a seven-goal lead at the final change, which was enough to weather the storm as Sting won the quarter 14-8.
Wilkins was impressed with the way her side fought their way back into the match.
“I thought we pushed really hard throughout the last quarter, generating opportunities to turnover and in the last minute we still had an opportunity to level really,” she said.
Sting will travel to Melbourne this weekend to take on the Victorian Fury, before returning to Perth for the final three rounds of the competition.