KYNETON made an emphatic return to the Bendigo Netball League on Saturday.
After more than five years out of the A-Grade competition the Tigers managed to score one of the biggest wins of the opening round.
They defeated Eaglehawk by 41 goals at the Kyneton Showgrounds.
It was a big day for Kyneton with four of its five netball teams securing wins.
The A-Reserve side won 36-26, the B-Grade team won 49-26 and the B Reserve team won 43-21.
Kyneton A-Grade head coach Dean Erdman said it was a great day for the club.
“Four of our teams had wins so it was definitely a good day for the club,” he said.
Erdman said he was surprised with how convincingly the team had won considering Kyneton had not been able to field a side in the competition for many years.
“I expected to get the win on the board but the margin was a bit of a surprise,” he said.
Kyneton began strongly in the first quarter, keeping Eaglehawk to just three goals at the first break.
“Before the game we spoke about keeping the pressure on and I thought we did that in the first quarter,” Erdman said.
“The first quarter definitely set the tone for the match.”
Kyneton’s Emma Webb and Bree Balcombe had standout games however coach Erdman said the win was a team effort.
“Everyone played their role,” he said.
“It was hard to pick who was the best for us because it really was a team effort.”
Erdman said overall he was happy with the sides performance.
“We can take a lot of positives out of the match,” he said.
“I think as the season goes on we will continue to improve.”
Kyneton will travel up the highway to Bendigo next week, they will face Sandhurst at the Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Sandhurst also began their 2014 campaign with a win.
The A-Grade team defeated South Bendigo.
Sandhurst coach Nicole Bailey admitted she was nervous about the first game of the season.
"We have a new team compared to last season," she said.
"A lot of the club's younger players have had to step up from last year.
"It is was also my first game as coach and I wanted to make sure the team had faith in me."
Sandhurst had the highest turn-over of players during the pre-season, losing 15 players.
In the first game of the year Sandhurst came up against South Bendigo.
The Dragons ended up winning by 18 goals.
Bailey said from the start of the match the team had high intensity.
"We played really well, but it wasn't until the second half when we managed to pull away from them," she said.
Bailey said there were several players from the team who had impressed her.
"Pru O'Mahony played in the mid court, she dominated their strongest mid-court player," she said.
"Gabby Greene shot really well and our defence stood-up."
"I am excited about the combinations we have."
Bailey said winning the first game of the season would be a great confidence booster for the team.
"Overall I am really happy," she said.
Reigning premiers Gisborne also started their season off in fine style.
They hosted Castlemaine on Saturday afternoon.
Gisborne won by 38 goals.
Kangaroo Flat also had strong win under lights at Beck Legal Oval.
The Roos won by 15 goals against Maryborough.
Golden Square also defeated Strathfieldsaye by 18 goals.
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