England’s dominant 70-24 victory over Trinidad & Tobago placed them on the verge of confirming their place in the 2014 Commonwealth Games semi-finals.
We were able to catch up with Head Coach Anna Mayes who said “I was really pleased to get a comprehensive win under our belt. We displayed not only a good score line, but we built within that game and the players that came onto court had a really good impact”.
“I was delighted with Jo Harten’s shooting today, I thought she was as sharp as ever. It was also great to see young Helen Housby out there for the last quarter, and to see that smile on her face after that first shot went in”.
With everyone making it onto the court today, Anna commented: “We try to make sure that all twelve players are on top form. Whilst you’re trying to solidify certain combinations, you’re also making sure there’s competition which is what this group thrives off. As coaches, we need to make sure we build confidence, maintain form and keep everyone fresh”.
Looking ahead to the game against Barbados tomorrow, Mayes said “I’d like them to be a lot more clinical. There were a few patches where play was quite flat which allowed some of the basic errors to come in which was a bit disappointing. A more consistent four quarters is what I’d expect tomorrow”.
Jo Harten had a really strong performance today being dominant within the England’s attacking circle. Reflecting on the match, Harten said “We had a rest day yesterday after our three hard games earlier in the week so it was nice to get out there again. We played with a bit of flare and passion, and really dominated from the off.”
“There were a few sloppy patches in the first half and a few too many unforced errors, but Anna Mayes made some really good changes to mix it up at half time and people really came on with impact. It’s great to play with everyone and to get Helen out there for her second cap is awesome as she’s really starting to flourish in this team”.
With tomorrow’s game in sight, Harten said “It is a really important match. It’s hopefully the build-up into the semi-finals, so we need to have a really clinical performance, put a big score on the board and go with a real confidence to take on the rest of the tournament”.
Members of the New Zealand team were watching the match courtside today. Jo commented: “I think we sent them a strong message that we are still contenders for that gold medal. Our defence played really strong against an aerial team and in attack we just wanted to have a bit more patience.”
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