North West girls fight hard against big guns

NORTH West couldn’t have copped a tougher draw to start the CHS Girls’ Water Polo Carnival at Picton but showed plenty of promise against the big Sydney sides.

Game one was against Sydney North and at halftime North West held the score to 3-all.

Sydney North edged away in the second half to win 8-3 but it was an encouraging start.

In the second game of the day, North West took on traditional front-runners Sydney East and produced one of its better results against the powerhouse team.

It finished 12-7 but, once again, North West was right in the game at halftime.

Early in the third quarter the North West girls led by a goal.

“I was pretty pleased,” team manager Jenny Steepe said.

“We’ve only got nine players and six of those girls played two full games today.

“We were up against two of the three best sides and, if you look at the breakdown, we led Sydney East in the third quarter.

“We’re just running out of steam in the third quarter.

“But the defence has been very good.”

Steepe said a bit of luck would have gone a long way after some near misses in front of goal and some deflections in defence that led to goals being conceded.

State rep Laura Robinson from Tamworth High is leading the way for North West.

Her experience and class is vital, especially with a few youngsters in the team.

“Laura is outstanding,” Steepe said.

“And Alison Sheedy and Jorja Choice, in their last year, have really impressed me.

“I’ve got a goalkeeper who hasn’t played before in Sara Westman, but she’s improving, and three other girls who are new to the sport who are all doing the best that they can.

“The main goal-scorers for the day were Laura, her sister Katie and Jorja Choice got a couple this afternoon.”

Steepe said today’s games against Sydney South West and North Coast were a chance to pick up a win or two and that would be a great boost in confidence for the younger members of the side.