Possession key for Olympians

OLYMPIANS again struck six goals as they outclassed Waratahs in their Tamworth women’s first grade clash on Sunday.

Claudia Neilsen was one of Olympians best in their three goal win over Waratahs.  Photo: Barry Smith 270714BSD01

Claudia Neilsen was one of Olympians best in their three goal win over Waratahs. Photo: Barry Smith 270714BSD01

Last time the two sides met Olympians took the points 6-2.

On Sunday it was 6-3 and not too different from the previous encounter with Olympians getting out to a handy lead.

“I thought we played well in patches,” coach Andrew Farmilo said.

During those patches Waratahs struggled to contain them.

“We dropped off in the second half a little bit when we got to 4-1 and allowed them to get two quick goals and get back to 4-3,” Farmilo said.

But they took control again and put away another two goals.

The attack flowed pretty well from the back to the front.

“We possessed the ball really well at the back,” he said.

“We didn’t give too many turnovers away.”

“Once we can start giving quality ball to the midfield the strikers get better service.”

Jemima Bartlett was again strong.

“She led the team well,” Farmilo said.

She was patient and threw some nice balls into space for people to run on to.

Dana Constable also worked hard as did Claudia Neilsen, as she usually does.

Waratahs coach Greg Doolan was succinct in his appraisal.

“We were outplayed through the midfield,” Doolan said.

“They created lots of opportunities and we struggled to contain them.”

He didn’t feel they were ever really in it, even though they got back to within a goal.

“The scoreline is closer than I thought the game was,” he said.

“I don’t think we worked hard enough and made some poor decisions.”

It leaves them with a lot of work do to before the finals.

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