PLAYING against quality opposition is a learning curve for most teams and that’s the way the Rochester Tigers’ A grade netball side are seeing it after a 15-goal loss to Shepparton on Saturday.
Rochester was unable to match the Bears performance on the court in the opening round of the Goulburn Valley League season.
Tigers coach Linda Rasmussen said her team would learn from the game for the future.
‘‘They have a really strong outfit,’’ Rasmussen said.
‘‘They’ve got three VNL players and an ex-Vixen lining up for them, which obviously says something about the quality of that side.
‘‘I think that we produced some really good quality netball at stages of that game. That’s what we want to do going forward — be able to play to that standard all game.’’
Rasmussen gave a glowing endorsement for her team’s opposition, saying there were elements of the game her team could learn from.
‘‘The only thing that you can really do when you come up against a side like that is watch how they play and what they do differently to you,’’ Rasmussen said.
‘‘Good oppositions play in ways that you often aren’t used to or don’t really know.
‘‘So what we should be doing as an opposition is analysing why they beat us, looking at their structures and systems and how it worked differently to what we did and how we can adapt our own style of game to match up with those high quality teams.’’
While Rasmussen said her team could learn elements going forward, she said in game her team needed to stick to their own structures.
‘‘You adjust for how you play next time, but when you are on the court you have to play the way that you have planned to play,’’ she said.
‘‘You don’t want to play catch up to their style, because you haven’t fully figured it out. If we play the way we know how to play, we continue to be a good side on the court.
‘‘I have a lot of faith in our team — we play really good netball and I think we are a really talented side. I think it’s something that we can be happy with going forward this season.’’
Rasmussen said her team will continue to work on their game plan going forward.
‘‘We were really happy with how we played,’’ the coach said.
‘‘We put on a strong performance but will continue to look to get better as the season goes ahead.
‘‘We have another big challenge this week with Mooroopna, so hopefully we are an even better side when that game rolls around.’’