NORTH Bendigo coach Tamara Gilchrist said the score line against Lockington-Bamawm United didn’t truly reflect how the game was played.
The round seven clash saw the two teams go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon with the ladder-leaders North Bendigo winning by 10 goals.
“It was a tough game,” Gilchrist said.
“It was a physical, hard-fought win.”
Gilchrist said it was always important for the team to begin any game well.
“We don’t want to be playing catch-up netball,” she said.
“We came out playing really we good, we had about a six goal lead heading into the first break.
“We had a small lead and just continued on.”
Gilchrist said this season the competition was spread evenly.
“There is about four or five teams at the top who have been really competitive,” she said.
“It is about who turns up on the day.
“If your goalers are off or something minimal changes than that could be the difference between winning and losing.
“It will make for a good finals series.
"but we are taking it just one week at a time we are not getting ahead of ourselves."
White Hills also scored its third win of the season on Saturday, defeating Heathcote by 39 goals.
The win now puts the Demons in fifth position on the ladder and is pushing for a place in the top four.
Only two points separate fourth and fifth place on the HDNA table.
White Hills coach Jody Chant said it was good to get the win after last week’s narrow loss to Colbinabbin.
“Despite losing last week I though the girls played really well,” she said.
“I was happy with how they played and I think we are now heading in the right direction.”
Chant said her players had met the goals she had set out at the start of the match.
“Heathcote is struggling a little bit this season so before the game I set up a few different things and gave them plays to focus on,” she said.
“I gave some of the girls who wouldn’t normally get a rest some time off the court which was good to see some of our other players step up in different positions.”
Chant said it was important for the girls to continue to build-up their confidence as they continue through the season.
“We just need to continue to work on what we are doing and we are hoping when it comes to our game against LBU we will have everything sorted and ready to go,” she said.
“Hopefully we give them a good run and we get the win.”
In other games Mount Pleasant also won its sixth game of the season.
Mount Pleasant defeated Leitchville-Gunbower by 12 goals and now sit in second position on the ladder.
The final score was 38 to 26.
Leitchville-Gunbower are now in seventh spot on the ladder.
Elmore also defeated Huntly by six goals at Trickey’s Diesel Oval.
The final score was 31 to 25.
The Bloods are now a game and a half outside the top four.
Colbinabbin had the bye.
Next week all teams will have a bye due to the Inter-League competition.
The Heathcote District Netball Association is set to take on Horsham District next Saturday.
The netball team has yet to be announced.