Comeback keeps title defence alive

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

The Souwest Jets 18 and under team’s premiership defence is alive after they claimed a thrilling one-goal victory over the Wheatbelt Flames in the semi-final at the State Netball Centre on Sunday.

The Flames started strongly, with Tierrah Miller converting eight of her first nine shots in an excellent display.

It looked as if the Jets would be blown away when the Flames got a seven-goal lead at half-time, but the young team came out with a renewed energy and began to cut the deficit.

Just five goals separated the two sides at the final break and the Jets had all the momentum.

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The Souwest side had 15 shots on goal, compared to the Flames’ eight in a dominant final term to win 38-37.

They outscored the Wheatbelt team 13-7 in the fourth quarter to set up a game against the West Coast Warriors on Sunday for a place in the grand final.

Coach Myrna Carbone said she was proud of her team’s resilience in coming back from the deficit.

“As a team the girls had to dig deep,” she said.

“They had to work really hard to reduce the deficit.”

Carbone said she believed her side could beat the Warriors in this weekend’s final and grab a place in the grand final.

“They have to play as a team and have confidence in each other,” she said. “We have worked hard as a team all year and have not relied on any individual players.”

Carbone said it was the Warriors’ mid-court which would cause the most concern for the Jets.

“They have a speedy mid-court, so we will have to shut them down,” she said.

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