PICTURES: Sandhurst coach hopeful win sparks revival

SANDHURST has had some close-calls so far this season.

They narrowly lost to Kyneton and have been competitive against sides sitting inside the Bendigo Netball League top five.

However they haven’t managed to put four quarters of good netball together until now.

The Dragons upset the Dogs on Saturday afternoon, winning by three goals.

Sandhurst coach Nicole Bailey said it was a win the A-grade team needed to have.

“The girls would ask why are we always coming off second best in these games," she said. 

“But the team has the ability to win.

“Hopefully the game will give them the confidence boost they need.”

The game began with Sandhurst putting on a lot of pressure from the first whistle.

“We were hungry for the win so we came out firing,” Bailey said.

At the main break Sandhurst led by seven goals.

Bailey said at half time she spoke to the girls about the importance of having a strong third quarter.

However Gisborne managed to peg back the lead.

“I made some changes in the last quarter to resettle the side,” she said.

“We were four goals up and then all of a sudden it was even.

“One of our defenders had an issue with her knee so she called time to get treated.

“We used that time to regather and I told the girls we needed to lift.

“In the end we managed get back in front and win.”

The final score was 38 to 35.

Kyneton also notched-up its sixth win of the season, defeating Castlemaine 75 to 19.

Tigers coach Dean Erdman said it was a clinical performance.

“I thought Michelle Fletcher, who shot at 92 per cent at goal attack was outstanding,” he said.

“It is hard to pick who was the best on the day because of the margin, everyone really played well.”

Erdman said it was just the third time the same seven girls had played together.

“It was important for them to all play together and get to know one another’s games,” he said.

Maryborough, Golden Square and Kangaroo Flat were the other round seven winners.

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