OTWAY Districts coach Eva Vickers says she is proud of her team despite a five-goal loss to Western Eagles in Colac district netball.
The Eagles bounced back after a round-six loss to Colac Imperials, winning 42-37 at Irrewillipe Recreation Reserve.
But the game wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Eagles, with the Demons outscoring them in the third quarter, 15-10.
Vickers said her players’ impressive performance proved they could compete with stronger sides in the competition.
“At the end of the day we lost but I was still very pleased with the girls, it was one of the first games where they played to their ability,” she said.
“It was a massive improvement and just a really good game to watch because it was fairly even,” she said.
Vickers said she hoped the game would give her players a confidence boost.
“Harmony Newman played a very good game and was reading the ball well, and Rhiannon White took a lot of intercepts through centre court which was great.
“We had the momentum after the second half but unfortunately we just couldn’t keep it going and the Eagles managed to pick up straight away.”
Otway Districts goal shooter Nadine Oborne was the leading scorer for the Demons, and her 10-goal haul in the third quarter took her team within one goal of the Eagles.
Eagles coach Karen Slater said her team’s inconsistency could have been costly.
“I’m happy with the win but disappointed with how we played, they virtually controlled everything at the start of the second half and we had to really hold on to win it,” she said.
“We played well in the first half and thankfully we were able to get back to playing like that in the final part of the game, but it was a bit frustrating at times.
“I’m really glad we could walk away with a win though.”
Eagles’ Jenny Fish netted 18 goals, including an impressive nine goals in the final quarter to help her side to victory.
Western Eagles will have a bye this weekend, while Otway Districts will test their resolve against Simpson.
Irrewarra-Beeac outlasts Lions in thriller
NETBALL recruits have almost guided Forrest to an upset victory against Irrewarra-Beeac.
The Bombers outlasted Forrest, 42-38, at Forrest Recreation Reserve but the addition of tall goaler Steph Wilkens, Charlotte Vines and Candice Packer boosted the Lions.
Wilkens, 14 goals, combined with Rachael Morrow, 12 goals, and Ashlee Williamson, 12 goals, to push the reigning premier in a goal-for-goal contest.
The Bombers got the better of the opening quarter, 11-8, but from there Forrest steadied and matched Irrewarra-Beeac for the rest of the contest.
South makes most of its chances
SOUTH Colac has fought through an error-ridden contest against Alvie to move into second spot on the Colac district netball ladder.
The Roos managed to make the most of their scoring opportunities to post a 31-20 victory against the Swans.
Intense pressure through the midcourt created turnovers for both teams but South Colac started to break away from Alvie in the second quarter.
Nadine McNamara created drive from defence while Roos’ goalers Sarah Bach, 20 goals, and Tegan McNamara, 11 goals, were influential.
Imperials survive physical encounter
COLAC Imperials netballers have survived a physical encounter against Simpson to keep their unbeaten record intact.
The Imps retained top spot on the CDFLNA ladder after outmuscling a competitive Simpson outfit, 47-33, at Simpson Recreation Reserve.
Imperials defenders Meagan Kerr and Aleisha Walters worked hard to contain dangerous Simpson attacking pair Jessie Hawkins, 24 goals, and Caitlyn McVilly, nine goals.
Apollo Bay takes advantage of unsettled Lorne
AN unsettled player line-up has led Lorne netballers to a loss against Apollo Bay.
The Dolphins enlisted the help of midcourter Rebecca Reid and Martine Harkin for their clash with Apollo Bay.
But the Hawks sneaked across the line against Lorne, 34-31, at Stribling Reserve.
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