Western Sting’s premiership defence hangs in the balance following back to back defeats to the Canberra Giants at the State Netball Centre this weekend.
Sting were unable to bounce back from Sunday’s 13 goal loss the day before, as the Giants followed up with a 38-62 victory in Game 2.
The home side controlled patches of the game, however were unable to gain control for a lengthy period of time, despite being buoyed by a large home crowd thanks to the coinciding Smarter than Smoking Association Championships.
After a disappointing performance on Sunday, Sting were eager to improve, however they conceded the first five goals of the match, before finding their feet and pulling their way back into the game to trail by three goals at quarter time.
The Giants put their foot down in the second, adding on 19 goals to seven to head into the half time break with a 9-goal lead.
There were positive signs from Sting in the third quarter, with Olivia Lewis’ defensive efforts helping to force a couple of turnovers, however the home side found it difficult to cut the margin back.
Head Coach Andrea McCulloch turned to her bench in the final stanza, with a hope of cutting the deficit, however the Giants continued to tick the scoreboard over, eventually running out 38 to 62 victors.
Despite the losses, Sting will be able to take confidence from the fact that they sat in a similar position last season and went on to win the title.
Sting will now have next weekend off to reassess, before traveling east to take on the Vic Fury in a rematch of last year’s Grand Final.
Western Sting: 38
Canberra Giants: 62