The tough start to the Capital League season continued for the Albury-Wodonga Spitfires with a 6-0 defeat to Old Canberrans in Canberra on Saturday.
A plan to go hard and fast was quickly reversed for the Spitfires by a relentless attack from the opposition.
The hosts had 15 circle penetrations and seven shots on goal in the first quarter, which saw then claim two penalty corners and they scored from both.
Old Canberrans captalised from another penalty corner in the second quarter to make it a 3-0 advantage at the main break.
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The second half saw the Spitfires start to attack the circle more and build in good phases of play, but they didn't make it count on the scoreboard as Old Canberrans netted a field goal in the third term and added another two in the last.
Former Spitfire Oscar Smart was among the scorers for Old Canberrans in the comprehensive victory.
"The team was disappointed to say the least, but full credit to Old Canberrans who are a very well-drilled team with not many mistakes made," Spitfires coach Shayne Newell said.
"We discussed as a team after and agreed our basics and decision-making let us down and the need for commitment and what we do at training needs to be applied in the game."
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