Panthers coach puts brave face on comprehensive defeat
SAFFERY Panthers were outplayed at St Sampson’s High yesterday and sent to bottom spot in Division Two South, despite a promising start in a 66-32 defeat to Eagles Two.
The early weeks of this debut season at this new level of netball has seen a couple of near-misses, but enough to suggest that the Guernsey outfit would soon be able to add to their solitary victory.
Yesterday’s rude awakening in a Sunday morning clash in new surroundings highlights that they now face a real battle just to avoid relegation.
However, Panthers joint-coach James Robert was not too despondent with his players, suggesting there were positives to take forward and that they had just come up against superior opposition.
‘There are times where you just have to tip your hat to the opposition and say that they are better than you. They are an exceptionally good team and probably a cut above the rest of the league,’ he said.
‘We have to be realistic because all of their team are either involved in England youth teams of some description or are affiliated to Super League teams.'
- More in Monday's Guernsey Press.