DESPITE losing by 304 points, Bendigo Thunder’s supporters cheered their team off on Sunday afternoon.
The Thunder hosted the VWFL defending champions, Darebin, at Dower Park.
Bendigo didn’t manage to score but coach Russell Jeffrey said the girls left the field with their heads held high.
“They are the best team in Victoria,” he said.
“We learned a lot of lessons from the day.
“We are trying to build a future with this group and we will continue to improve from week to week and make sure the next time we play Darebin the score line is indicative of the effort.”
Jeffrey said nothing drastic is set to change after the massive loss.
“Of course nobody wants to lose by that much but the troops are sticking together,” he said.
“We won’t buy into that desperation to change anything.”
Jeffrey said the skillset of Darebin was extrodinary.
“We had four girls who had played a combined seven games,” he said.
“Their players would have at least played 150 to 200 games.”
Bendigo now has the bye.
“We will continue to train hard, we need to work on our fitness,” Jeffrey said.
“We haven’t had all the girls together for one reason or another.
“Irrespective of where we are on the ladder we are about four or five weeks behind in terms of our preseason.”