INGLEWOOD has battled bravely against Loddon Valley teams this season, but haven’t been able to shoot a winning score, until Saturday.
The Blues upset Bears-Lagoon Serpentine in their round 12 Loddon Valley Netball League game on Saturday afternoon.
It was the first time in almost four years that Inglewood has won an A-grade game.
The final score was 29 to 25.
Inglewood coach Wendy Murphy said the win had been a long time coming.
“The last time we had won a game in the A-grade was back in 2011, so to get a win on Saturday was very good,” she said.
“The girls were really happy, we definitely celebrated the win.”
Because of the win, the Inglewood Football and Netball Club donated $750 to the A-grade team’s end of season trip.
Murphy said heading into the game she knew it would be tough as Serpentine defeated Inglewood earlier this season.
“We just wanted to play our own game,” she said.
“We knew they would be a strong team and the score reflected that, only one or two goals separated the two teams.
“I just kept telling the girls to keep steady and they did really well.
“They played smart netball; it was a very good effort.”
Murphy praised the efforts of captain Tyler McKeown.
“She played in wing attack all game, she really stood up for the team,” she said.
“She was positive throughout the game, talked the girls up and really drove the fight.”
Murphy hoped the win would spur the team on for the rest of the season.
In other games, the reigning premiers, YCW, scored a win over ladder-leaders Calivil United.
The final score was 43 to 35.
YCW coach Christie Griffiths said she was confident her team would get the win if they stuck to their game plan.
“Over the past couple of weeks we have been playing consistently so it was a good win,” she said.
The Eagles have now moved into second place on the ladder, just two points behind Calivil.
“We definitely want to finish in the top two,” she said.
"If we keep playing like we are then we will be in a good position."
Mitiamo also won its round 12 game against Marong, the final score was 42 to 32.
Newbridge also scored a 44 to 41 win against Bridgewater.
Pyramid Hill had the bye this round.