Following a 17-point loss to Team Bath (41-58) in their Vitality Netball Super League opener, T&T goal-shooter Kalifa Mc Collin and the Celtic Dragons will be hoping for much better fortune when they meet debutants London Pulse at the Copper Box, Arena, London from 2 pm today in Round Two.
Mc Collin, who rejoined the club in the off-season after a one-year stint with Mavericks, and the Dragons were outplayed by the more physical Team Bath, but there were a wealth of positives to take from an action-packed start to the new year for the league's last-place finishers of the previous two seasons.
Reflecting on the opening match of the season, Mc Collin said there were a lot of great moments and a lot to learn, coming out of it.
"I think it came down to which team was more clinical and consistent and that team ended up with the win.
"Our next match is against London Pulse at the Copperbox Arena and I believe we’ve done sufficient work to come out with a win. We just need to remain focused and take the game in five-minute blocks per quarter and also have a strong start.
Having ended at the bottom of the standings for the past two seasons, Mc Collin who played a key role in helping T&T retain the Americas Federation Netball Association (AFNA) Championship crown last September in Barbados said, her team's aim this season is to move from the bottom of the table to a possible top-five finish.
"I believe we’re quite capable of achieving a top-five season finish. It’s been very exciting thus far as the Celtic Dragons look quite different this season. We have players from Fiji, Jamaica and England who are now included in the squad so it adds more depth and variety.
"I’m also honoured to be selected as the vice-captain of the squad so I really do hope that I can add value and my personal flair to my team this year," she said yesterday.