Monash were competitively early on, even after an early timeout was called, before the class of the Ariels took over.
The Ariels strong finishing to quarters were evidently, particularly through the first half, as they went small, but effective scoring runs to win the first and second quarters each by 10 goals.
Monash did little to help themselves with their passing; only able to convert a small amount of first possession from centre passes.
A much-improved third quarter saw Monash’s full-court pressure lift, as MUC lost the quarter by just three goals.
But they were unable to sustain the pressure beyond three quarter time, as the Ariels continued the trend from the first two quarters to post a big 67-35 win.
Anna Coffey was tireless, if a little inconsistent, at Wing Defence all day while both goalers in Rhys Carter-Coleman and Natalie Billings were efficient when given the opportunities.
Billings’ shooting effort was noticeably improved from previous weeks, as was her defensive intensity, making the Ariels defenders work to clear the ball.
Speaking post-match to monashuniversitycentral.com.au, Coach Robynn Pym said a high error rate was mostly to blame for conceding so many goals.
“Yet again, our ability to hold possession when we had it was basically non-existent,” Pym said.
“We didn’t have any conviction with our passing and couldn’t get any flow into the game at any stage.
“Our goalers shot well again, but it’s becoming a trend that they shoot well but we’re only scoring 30-odd points.
“We don’t capitalise on our opportunities enough.”
Monash face a very tall order next Wednesday night against the top-of-the-table City West Falcons at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
FINAL SCORE: Monash University Central 35 def. by Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels 67
MUC SCORERS: Billings 22 (85%); Carter-Coleman 12 (75%); Gourley 1 (100%)