Reality check for Sharks

Sidonie Moore, pictured against Melton Centrals, came out into goals and showed some pace. Picture Shawn Smits

Rupertswood received a reality check on Saturday in its Riddell District Netball League qualifying final against Riddell.

After getting within three goals of the Bombers the last time the two teams played, the Sharks were confident of matching it with the undefeated Bombers.

Instead the Sharks were blown out of the water in the first quarter, trailing 17-3 at the first break, and were left to chase their tail for the rest of the game.

The Bombers ended up running out winners 51-25.

Sharks coach Di McCormack said nothing went right her side in a very disappointing day.

She tried a number of different combinations across the court to try and reduce the margin but to no avail.

It included moving Sidonie Moore into goal attack away from her normal position in the midcourt.

“Sid plays for me on a Tuesday night in goals and nothing was working, so I threw her in there on Saturday.

“She did really well and showed a bit of pace and speed in the ring. It gives us another option in goals.”

Moore scored 10 of the Sharks goals, with Alex Maher scoring eight goals.

Defender Kirsten Daley and Moore were best in the loss.

The Sharks will now play Lancefield in the semi finals.

“It showed we can improve,” McCormack said.

“There’s something to work on and fire is in the belly to show what we can really do.

“The girls got complacent after the three goal loss to Riddell.

“It’s about going forward with intensity and getting even better.”