Two wins give North West a shot at semi-finals

NORTH West has put itself in contention for a CHS Girls’ Water Polo Carnival semi-final berth after picking up two wins at Picton yesterday.

Another two today should put the side into the top four.

Yesterday they were impressive in chalking up wins over Sydney South West and North Coast.

Against Sydney South West they didn’t concede a goal and ran out 14-nil winners.

“They did really well,” manager Jenny Steepe said.

“Laura (Robinson) and Morgan (Rowbottom) were never in the pool at the same time.

“Laura even had a quarter in goals.”

Both played for the state team last year.

Robinson was also the player of the carnival last year and is probably playing even better, Steepe said.

“Laura is unstoppable at the moment. She’s scoring when she’s got three players on her,” she said.

She scored the bulk of their goals yesterday.

Rowbottom has also been playing well and was particularly strong in their 11-5 win over North Coast.

Sara Westman also played well in goals.

She’s one of several players away with North West for the first time.

Steepe has been impressed with how they’ve come together, and particularly liked what she saw defensively yesterday.

“Their defence is excellent,” she said.

“They’re working well as a team.”

In attack as well. 

She said the likes of Alison Sheedy (Tamworth High) and Jorja Choice (Tamworth High) have been rock-solid. They’ve been up there working hard in attack, and getting back and covering in defence.

The newer players are also gaining more confidence.

“They’re marking better and not getting turned as easily,” she said.

Today will be their biggest so far, with games against Riverina, Hunter – which will be very tough – and Sydney West.