Fury brave the Storm

The Victorian Fury head into the Bye weekend with their heads held high after defeating a re-energised Territory Storm side in both matches of round 5 on the Sunshine Coast.

The two wins over Storm cap off a successful three weeks on the road for Fury, who have also defeated Southern Force and Canberra GIANTS in recent weeks.

On Saturday, Fury managed a 57-37 win, and backed it up with a 63-42 win on Sunday.

Midcourter Molly Jovic admitted the team were prepared for a tough competition against Territory Storm, who recorded their first win in six years last weekend.

“We had a tough game against Southern Force a couple of weeks ago, and knowing Storm had a win over them last week, we knew this weekend was not going to be easy.

“We played Storm in the pre-season and beat them quite convincingly, but they were still in their recruitment phase so we knew it was going to be a lot tougher.”

While aware of an inspired Storm outfit, Jovic said the preparation focus remained internal as the Deakin University Australian Netball League finals draw closer.

“One main focus for the whole weekend was just basic skill execution for four quarters,” said Jovic.

“We’ve had some really good passages of play in the previous four rounds, but we just wanted to get that across all four quarters.”

Casey Adamson suffered an ankle injury during game one and was unable to take the court for the rest of the weekend.

“It was disappointing that Casey went down in the first game, but I think that our team has so much depth that anyone can step up and fill in someone else’s position.

“We were able to get everyone out on court in different combinations so that’s great for the whole team; that we know that we can back anyone if they have to step out on court.”

The two wins see the Fury jump to the top of the ladder, with nine wins and one loss for the season.

The Bye weekend couldn’t have come at a better time for the Fury as they prepare themselves for tough competition in Western Sting (reigning premiers, currently 5th on the ladder) and Tasmanian Magpies (2nd) in the next two rounds leading up to finals.

“Coming in to such strong competition in WA and Tasmania, we know that we’re going to have to pick it up another level.

“The consistency we’ve seen in the last four-five weeks is going to have to improve even more, which I think we’re all more than capable of doing.”

The Victorian Fury face Western Sting on Saturday, 16 June at Hisense Arena and Sunday, 17 June at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.