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Captain: 'Title success has been a real team effort'

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IMPROVED consistency and great teamwork have proven key to Resolution IT Green’s successful – and slightly early – capture of the Premier Division title.

Stepping up: Anna Burns’ fine performances helped Rezzers Green cope with the loss of Verona Tomlin to injury. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 27084180)

That is according to captain Tiff Gervaise-Brazier, who thankfully will not have to wait for the Winter League’s resumption to know that her side have sealed top-flight victory, which they last achieved in 2018.

Rezzers Green maintained an unbeaten record against the other ladies’ teams, including 2019 champions Blaze, with the exception of a solitary one-goal defeat to the vastly improved Titans last month.

Post-Christmas, Titans had showcased impeccable form and making history by beating the Island Men put them in a position where they could have potentially pinched the league.

But beating that same Titans side in an important head-to-head two weeks ago gave the Greens an insurmountable lead.

‘We are delighted to have won the league,’ said Gervaise-Brazier.

‘We have been consistent this season, which is where we let ourselves down last season, and we have played Blaze and Titans a few times and they have been some really competitive games, which is great for netball and for the leagues.

‘Defensively, we really switched on to adapting to how teams play and shutting down the attack.’

This clear victory had contrasted with last season’s narrow loss to Blaze, who pipped them at the post with a decisive defeat in April 2019.

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Rezzers have been dealing with a notable handicap since November, when former Superleague player Verona Tomlin sustained an Achilles injury while playing basketball.

Anna Burns and Keeleigh Le Tissier have since stepped up to the mark to fill what could have been a glaring gap in their attack.

Gervaise-Brazier has also enjoyed the contributions of Cassie Le Page in various positions.

‘This win really has been a team effort this season, but with Verona being injured early on in the season, both Anna and Keeleigh have been regular additions for us who have really contributed and it was also Cassie’s first season with us too.

‘Our shooting percentages have been high and we have converted our turnovers throughout court, which I think has made all the difference.’

  • More in Thursday's Guernsey Press.
Jamie Ingrouille

By Jamie Ingrouille
Sports reporter

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