Greensborough Netball Club made it two from two after the Men’s side stormed out of the gates in the side’s round 2 Victorian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (VMMNA) clash with Northern Titans.
Article by Paul Nichols
The ‘Borough boys came out blazing in the second game of the season, fighting off a tough comeback from the defending champions the Titans to win 55-42. However, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Titans started with only six players for the first ten minutes giving Greensborough a chance to set a commanding lead in the first quarter of 15-7.
The combinations up front continued from the first game.
Goalers Julian Taylor and Alex Nichols stepped up the movement in the circle spinning the defender’s heads and giving easy access to the post.
Centre Tony Williams and Wing Attack Ashley Tranter protected possession and played a calm controlled game to get the ball in to the ring.
The intensity and pace of the match stepped up from the second quarter and the game began in earnest.
With quick movement of the ball and tried and tested combinations, the Titans got some quick turnovers and goals, making our defenders re-assess positioning in the ring.
With loud and clear direction from the back, Goal Keeper Joshua Wells directed the play and Goal Defender Will McDermott and Wing Defender Dom Barton started to defend the space and treasure possession.
The tight knit unit took the ball forward and gave the attackers options for resetting on the transverse line as the Titans tightened its defence.
The game was ball for ball in the third quarter.
While the Titans kept up scoring and got back within two goals twice in the third and fourth quarters, the side had to work hard to get to their tall Goal Attack who had no easy access to the post with Wells and Goal Defender Dana Button winning the aerial game.
The relentless pressure from GNC was evident as the side defended every ball down the court, with tips and intercepts from almost everyone which forced Titans to lose possession, so that by the fourth quarter the ‘Borough Boys could score from centre passes and score from turnovers at will.
Some brilliant moments in the last ten minutes saw intercepts from Button, control from Barton nearly going offside at a crucial play before saving it in spectacular fashion by launching himself out of court, and a sensational tip from Williams.
GNC Men’s now faces Melbourne Bucks in Round 3 of VMMNA’s Division 1 Men’s competition.