Netball promises a great season ahead.
Netball promises a great season ahead. Jojo Newby

Scoring 50 plus points vital for Cup contenders

AS one of only three unbeaten teams, the Goodna Sapphires are well placed to successfully defend their South East Queensland Cup netball title.

However, sitting in third place after four games, the Sapphires are already mindful of how important comfortable wins are, like their latest 54-28 success over MacGregor.

"It was a good game,'' Sapphires captain Robyn Walsh said.

"We wanted to work on our goal percentage and keep the scoreboard ticking over.''

Goodna currently have a percentage of 150, trailing the other undefeated sides PRNA (175.86) and Western Districts (154.92).

"It was a good performance across the board from everyone,'' Walsh said.

"We made some changes. Beth Thorton was put back into the shooting circle. She put up some good shots and assisted Ren (Renee Kalao) and Chrissy (Peever) very well, with some precision passing.''

With Goodna's next opponents QCNA Opens 1 being 11th on the ladder, Walsh expected another win on Thursday night.

"We will go out hard and try to improve our goal percentage in the event it comes down to that at the business end of the season,'' she said.

Donna Doolan will miss that match.

Meanwhile, the fifth-placed Ipswich Flyers are looking for an improved performance after beating Redlands 43-38 in their round 4 match.

"It was a close game and we fought hard to come out on top,'' Flyers captain Emilie McInally said.

"We didn't perform at our best but kept it together to secure a win.''

Encouraging for the Flyers was how they responded when down by five goals at times.

"I was happy we were able to turn it around and come back,'' she said.

"No team is perfect and the sooner we find our faults the sooner we can work hard to rectify them and learn from them.''

Kirsty Brennan had a solid game for Ipswich as Redlands worked hard to shut down the Flyers shooter.

Ipswich's next opponents on Thursday night are winless Redcliffe.

"We can't afford to go into games expecting anything,'' McInally said. "But after last week we certainly have a few key things to work on and manage.''

The Flyers were monitoring Meg Callaghan who is seeing a specialist this week after an MRI.

Kerri Richardson is expected to step into the frontline combination.

State of play

Round 5: Thursday (7.50pm) - Ipswich Flyers v Redcliffe; Goodna Sap- phires v QCNA Opens 1.

Rd 4 results: Goodna def MacGregor 54-28, Ipswich def RNA 43-38.



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