Scotland netball head coach Tamsin Greenway blamed a disappointing first half as the root cause of her side’s 48-42 defeat to Wales at the Commonwealth Games.
The Thistles were roared on by what sounded like a home crowd at times as they looked to make what would have been a stunning fourth-quarter comeback, but ultimately left themselves too much to do.
But former England international Greenway is not panicking, and believes it is all part of the learning process for her young and inexperienced side.
“As I said to the players, we're on a journey, we know where we want to go, sometimes sadly, on your journeys, you lose, and you have to learn from it.
“They want to learn, we will come back out, we'll have a look at it, and we’ll go again.
“We’re all still learning, I’m learning as an international coach and they are learning as international players.
“The first-half was not good enough, we have to own that and look at that but that fightback was incredible.”
The game was Scotland’s second defeat in two matches at this summer’s Commonwealth Games, and while a loss to world no.1 Australia was expected, victory against Wales was a real target for Greenway’s charges.
The 83-30 defeat to the Diamonds was the first time Scotland had faced Australia in 12 years, and Greenway believes her side must be afforded more chances to play the best in order to improve, with world no.4 Jamaica awaiting them next.
“The reality is we came here to beat Wales and Barbados, well that’s off the table now so we need to go into Barbados and win that,” added Greenway.
“We’re not looking at Jamaica, we’re looking at us. We need to look at us, we are a young group, who are still understanding what it’s like to play under pressure, still understanding how it is to nail some stuff so that’ll be very much our focus.
“You have to get out there to understand how it feels, and that is not always helpful for the fans, not always helpful for the team, not always helpful for our ambitions but if you believe in the bigger picture then it’s what you do about it next.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to get more opportunities, but you’ve also got to earn that – we need to get as fit, as strong, technically as good.
“Eventually World Netball will need to look and see how they close this gap for everyone.”
Scotland looked a different side in the fourth quarter as they flooded forward at will, with all the momentum and the crowd behind them.
And wing attack felt there were plenty of positives to take from the match, including the support of the Tartan Army.
“Credit to the girls, in that last quarter we absolutely fought back and could have taken it off them,” said Christian. “I am really proud of the girls towards the end of the game.
“It was absolutely incredible to have the support from not just Scotland fans but neutral netball fans they really got behind us at the end of the game, that atmosphere was absolutely insane.
“We definitely had the momentum at the end of the game, it is a shame it wasn’t a longer game but that is our fault for the beginning we gave ourselves to big a gap to catch up.”
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