PICTURES: Colbinabbin continue to grow in confidence

THE last time Colbinabbin and Lockington-Bamawm United met, the game ended in a draw.

But when the two teams faced off on Saturday, the result was completely different.

Colbinabbin continued its run of strong wins over the past three weeks, winning by a massive 56 goals.

Grasshopers coach Olivia McEvoy said the big win was a pleasant surprise for her team.

“We were a bit hesitant before the game,” she said.

“We were missing a few players, but I made some changes and it was really positive, we persisted with the positions and it really paid off for us.

“We stuck to the plan and stayed positive throughout the game.”

The final score was 79 to 23.

Colbinabbin came out firing in the first quarter, scoring 18 goals to seven in the first quarter.

The Grasshopers then scored 20 goals, 19 goals and 22 goals in each of the remaining quarters.

McEvoy said it was great to see the team build on each quarter.

She said despite the large score line, the A-grade team was down by five goals in the first few minutes of the game.

“Lockington really came out firing and it did take a while for us to focus on the game,” McEvoy said.

In the past three games, Colbinabbin, has scored more than 70 goals.

“In those games we haven’t had the same two shooters,” McEvoy said.

“The team has really gained some confidence after those games, we are really beginning to gel together.”

McEvoy said the reigning premiers were in a much better position this year in comparison to the same time last year.

“We are a lot more settled this year,” she said.

“We also have a lot more confidence than this time last year.”

Mount Pleasant also bounced back after last week’s close loss to ladder-leaders North Bendigo.

The Blues defeated the Hawks by 33 goals on Saturday.

“We were slow out of the blocks last week against North, so our first quarter performance was something we wanted to improve on,” coach Anthea Griffin said.

“We were a couple down with injuries yesterday, so we started the game with a new line-up.

“Given the changes to the team and the difficult weather conditions we were pleased with the controlled style of netball we played, it reflected on the scoreboard.”

Griffin said the team’s defenders played an outstanding game.

“Ash Cole was best on in goal keeper,” she said.

“Her ability to read the play and create turnovers is amazing to watch.

“Ash (Cole) was very well supported by Andrea Wilson who rebounded particularly well and Hannah Gretgrix who provided great pressure and support in wing defence.”

In other round 10 Heathcote District Netball Association games, White Hills defeated Leitchville-Gunbower 55 to 23. 

Elmore also won against Heathcote, the final score was 54 to 24. 

North Bendigo had the bye this week.


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