Marong scores confidence boosting win

Mikayla Millar.

Mikayla Millar.

MARONG coach Tania Gadsden said she is trying to instil a strong culture at the club.

After not winning a game last season the Panthers have already won two out of their first seven Loddon Valley Netball League games in 2014.

Marong scored a 10 goal win against Bears-Lagoon Serpentine on Saturday afternoon.

Gadsden said it was a physical contest throughout the game.

“We put on a lot of pressure and all the girls put in a 100 per cent across the four quarters,” she said.

Marong led by just four goals heading into the last quarter.

Panthers player Sarah Kellet suffered a nasty knock, Gadsden said the injury had motivated the team.

“They got on with the game and finished strongly,” she said.

“It was so hard to pick the best player because all of the girls played above what they normally would.

“It was the confidence boost we needed to have.

“I was very proud.”

Gadsden hoped the win would encourage the A-grade team.

“We had training earlier in the week and the players said to me that they were not used to winning,” she said.

“We have played Calivil and YCW and the losses do get to the players and they do get to me, but we have to continue work hard.

“We will continue to build on our game throughout the year.”

Bridgewater also scored its fourth win of the season, defeating Pyramid Hill by five goals at Mitchell Park.

Bridgewater coach Angela Tremain said it was a very competitive match.

“It was tough, but very clean and umpired really well,” she said.

“They have height in their defence end and accuracy in their attacking end, which makes for a strong team.”

Tremain said injuries to key players had forced her to make some changes heading into the match.

“Coming in to this match we had two major injuries so getting a competitive team on the court was our first priority,” she said.

“Natasha Stringer took the court for her first game of the year to replace an injured Bree Wickham.”

In other games, Mitiamo had a strong win over Newbridge.

The final score was 63 to 45.

It was the Roos’ fourth win of the season.

Reigning premiers YCW sent a strong message to the rest of the competition, inflicting a massive 52 goal win over Inglewood.

The Eagles won 80 to 28. 

Calivil United had the bye. 

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