By Ian Harkin
The Stars maintained their position on top of the ANZ Premiership ladder as they kept their unbeaten record intact in the first match of round four. Stars won every quarter as they defeated Southern Steel 59-45. An example of their dominance is the number of attempts each team had; 78 for Stars compared to just 56 for Steel.
Stars’ win was built on a strong defence which stifled the Steel attacking play and led to a string of possession gains, 23 in all. Leading the way again was the circle defensive duo of goal keeper Elle Temu and ageless goal defence Anna Harrison, who each finished with seven gains. Lisa Mather at wing defence also had an outstanding game. This back three is developing into a combination that will be extremely difficult to beat.
Gifted all the extra possession, Stars midcourters Mila Reuela-Buchanan and Gina Crampton didn’t waste it as once again they combined for over 40 goal assists. The success rate of shooters Maia Wilson and Jamie Hume was a touch lower than they would have liked, otherwise the eventual winning margin would have been even greater.