Stars fly too high for feisty Falcons
LED by an inspirational performance by captain Tracey Calis, Valley Stars overcame being a player short to defeat Yaralla Falcons 40-36 in their division one Gladstone Netball Association clash on Tuesday night.
Falcons coach Tracey Davis said Calis played "a blinder'' of a match and was the difference between the two sides.
'I don't know what that team (Stars) would do without her,' Davis said. 'She really troubled our shooters.'
Davis said her side had most of the scoring chances but could not convert their opportunities against an understrength but determined Stars.
'It was a bit disappointing because, if we were ever going to beat them it would have been that night,' she said.
Calis said her side was forced to work hard for the victory with Tara Zielke, who was moved to shooter in the second half, and centre Nikki Dennien (nee Neumann), in her first game since marrying, in strong form.
The defensive work by Angela Mills and Leisa Lowe was outstanding for Falcons, keeping their side in with a chance of victory until the final stages.
In the other division one encounter, Yaralla Eagles defeated their young Owls club-mates 50-36.
Unlike Stars, Owls were unable to overcome the burden of being a player down, conceding too many points in the second quarter but otherwise competing strongly against the in-form Eagles who now move into a share of second spot with Falcons behind the unbeaten Stars.