Tactix in need of some tough love – Saunders

Last updated 07:41 20/03/2014

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Tactix midcourter Hayley Saunders has pinpointed individual accountability as the key to reversing her side's ailing fortunes.

The Tactix have been casting a critical eye over their play after a 36-goal thrashing by the West Coast Fever in Perth on Sunday. They have lost all three of their games to begin this year's trans-Tasman netball league.

The task does not get much easier with the Silver Fern-laden Central Pulse awaiting in Napier on Sunday.

Saunders said one of the core values in the Tactix environment was family and they needed to demand excellence from each other and be responsible for their actions.

"It's being a bit cruel to be kind – tough love. It's about expecting more from yourself as an individual before we can come together and put it out as a team."

Saunders said the most frustrating aspect for the Tactix was they had enjoyed an excellent buildup to their campaign and met their strength and conditioning targets.

"We're a proud team. The netball we played on Sunday, we're not proud of."

The Tactix worked hard on their attacking game at training yesterday after committing 21 turnovers in the first half against the Fever.

It was painful viewing as they regularly chucked possession back to their opponents after a winning a hard-earned turnover.

Their defence through the court is even more of a concern. They have haemorrhaged 217 goals in their opening three games [72 a game], which Saunders said was unacceptable.

"Defence is momentum and pressure built through the court. It's a constant work on for us – contesting through the court. It's got to start in our attacking end."

Saunders, who hails from Gore, is new to the Tactix after previous stints with the Northern Mystics and Southern Steel.

The Tactix have found it difficult to recruit players from other franchises following the earthquakes, but she said it was a simple decision to sign on.

"It's hard to get people here, which is disappointing. It's almost like they need a wee taste of what it's like and then they'll be hungry for more. I can definitely say it's a great setup."

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