Victorian Fury has climbed to the top of the Deakin University Australian Netball League (ANL) ladder after defeating Queensland Fusion in both games of round 2.
Game one saw the entire Fury team put up a contest against a Fusion side peppered with Firebirds athletes, taking the win 41-35. With the injection of Vixens players Khao Watts, Sam Gooden and Kadie-Ann Dehaney in game two, Fury were unstoppable, defeating Fusion 65-36.
The last time the two teams met was in the 2017 semi-final where the game went into extra-time, with the Fury eventually progressing to the grand final.
Captain Lara Dunkley said knowing this, Fury prepared accordingly in the lead up.
“I felt we were really prepared for the challenge and it showed, particularly in Saturday’s game as they had brought their SSN players back and we had our full Fury team who had prepared together all week,” said Dunkley.
“All players gave 110% and everyone played their role; it was a great team effort across both days.”
Dunkley credited the goalers perseverance and full court pressure to both wins.
“Our goalers’ persistence against quality defenders and the mindset to keep defending and trying to turn the ball over had a massive influence on the game. Being round 2, it’s great to see that the connections have already formed.”
Fury travel to South Australia this week to take on seventh place Southern Force. However, Dunkley says the Fury players aren’t taking ladder position into consideration.
“Every game in the ANL season is going to be a challenge.
“Moving forward to this weekend, we again need to have another great week of training allowing us to be prepared and focussed to take on Force and give another full weekend of team effort and intensity.”