Hungry Hawks score first win in HDNA

HUNTLY scored its first win of the season and lifted itself off the bottom of the Heathcote District Netball Association's A-grade ladder.

Huntly faced Heathcote at Barrack Reserve on Saturday.

Heading into the match the two teams were winless, however that changed with the Hawks stepping up and taking their chances against the Saints.

Huntly doubled Heathcote’s score to win 42 to 21.

Hawks coach Jody Warfe described the win as amazing.

She said it was a great day for the club, with the A-reserve, B-grade and under-17 teams also scoring wins.

“We started strongly, which was good because we haven’t been doing that,” Warfe said.

“We were really focussed; we applied pressure across the court and got the turnovers.

 “Our transitions were good through the midcourt and we were able to penetrate through to the goals.

“We haven’t been able to do that this season.”

Both Huntly shooters Jenna Baker and Meg Smart were accurate throughout the game.

Baker shot at above 80 per cent while Smart didn’t miss a shot until the third quarter.

Warfe also praised the effort of wing defender Tanya Koch, who was awarded the player of the match.

“She played a ripper game,” she said.

“She shut her player down and kept her out of the game.”

Warfe said what was different about this week’s performance in comparison to previous games was the girls’ belief.

“We have always had belief, but on Saturday it was the first time they had the belief in themselves to win,” she said.

“We have been able to peg teams back this season but to start strongly was pleasing.”

Mount Pleasant also scored its third-straight win, defeating Lockington-Bamawm United by 16 goals.

The final score was 40 to 24.

The win has now put Mount Pleasant in second spot on the ladder.

Ladder-leaders North Bendigo had a 50 goal victory over Elmore.

The undefeated North Bendigo won 66 to 16.

Colbinabbin had a hard-fought win against White Hills.

The reigning premiers managed to withstand the pressure to win by seven goals on Saturday afternoon.

The final score was 27 to 20.

Leitchville-Gunbower had the bye. 

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