Undermanned Brindles tough out netball victories

ILLAWARRA NETBALL 

A constant struggle to field a team each week hasn't stopped Brindles from opening their Premier League campaign with a perfect three-from-three wins.

Woonona's Tiffany Lashbrook, left, and Brindles' Emma Cappetta compete in the game that went 40-33 to Brindles, adding to their win streak. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Woonona's Tiffany Lashbrook, left, and Brindles' Emma Cappetta compete in the game that went 40-33 to Brindles, adding to their win streak. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Playing with a bare seven players for the majority of their early-season encounters, last year's preliminary finalist added Woonona McDonald's to their list of scalps with a 40-33 win last weekend.

It ensured they remained as one of three teams alongside SMJ and Vipers, undefeated so far this season.

Brindles attacker Charlene Dallmer said the gritty wins would come handy later in the year.

"Every win is a good win, and it does help towards the end of the season when it gets towards those finals times and things," Dallmer said.

"We have been struggling to get our best seven players on the court each week, so we are happy with the wins. It is better than a loss."

Brindles were made to work harder than expected to make it a hat-trick of victories last weekend.

"They were surprisingly stronger than I think we were expecting. They played really well and they fought throughout the game," Dallmer said.

"I think the margin probably would have been bigger if our shooters were performing but they played really well up and down the court, so credit to them."

Dallmer's squad will have the chance to do the Woonona double this week when they meet Woonona WBRSL.

WBRSL were close to a win in the first two rounds, losing by fewer than five goals in both matches, before a heavy defeat from title favourites Vipers (85-53) last weekend.

"They have come into the competition pretty strong," Dallmer said.

"I think they have had a few unlucky losses but we are not taking that for granted at all.

"Again with only seven this week we just have to make sure our shooters are really strong and on the ball this week."

In other matches last week, Wests Titans made sure Dapto Storm stayed winless with a 46-31 win, while SMJ defeated Corrimal Cadets 45-30.

Illawarra division has two teams in the state titles at Campbelltown and Camden on June 7-9, with open and under-17 teams among 131 representing 71 associations for the 46th annual competition.

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