Riversdale team ‘learning to gel’

Down court. . . SVT Riversdale goal attack Kelsey Andrews looks for a team mate to pass to in a game against Gore High in a MLT premier grade section game on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

SVT Riversdale might have gone down to Gore High by more than 20 points but the players are enjoying their netball, spokeswoman Kelsey Andrews says.

Gore High won the MLT premier grade section-two match-up 30-9 in the last round-robin match before semifinals next week.

Andrews said the players were still getting to know one another and often fielded a different side each week.

‘‘We’re learning to gel and work with what we’ve got.

‘‘It’s a good run around.’’

Some of the usual players were away and an injury in the first three minutes, which sidelined goal shoot Tessa Miller, did not help.

Players were also enjoying the grade, which was more physical than the first grade they played in last year.

‘‘We’re definitely enjoying each week regardless of the score.

‘‘We’ve learned not to take too much notice of the scoreboard.’’

The players did not train and were surprised to be included in the premier grade.

Gore High coach Krista Marsh said she was pleased with the result.

‘‘I think the girls controlled the ball when it was in hand and drove really well and worked very well together defensively.’’

It was a good opportunity to try out different combinations before the secondary-school championships. The players were starting to reap the rewards of what they were practicing at training.

‘‘They’re just gelling now. ‘‘[It’s] a very young team this year and it’s been a hard year for us in the premier grade, but we’re still making improvements so that’s what counts.’’