Teens shine for in-form Lorne

Lorne recruit Ellie Rippon impressed in the midcourt.

Lorne netball coach Carly Enticott says her young midcourt led the way in the Dolphins’ second straight win.

Lorne, which went winless for the entire 2018 season, heads into this weekend’s clash with undefeated South Colac in fourth spot having won two of its opening three games.

The Dolphins backed up last week’s victory over Apollo Bay with a runaway 47-34 win against Birregurra in the teams’ Easter netball clash in front of a big crowd at Lorne’s Stribling Reserve.

Umpires awarded the best-on-court medal to defender Brooke Bain, but Enticott said her young midcourters Kira Bussell and Ellie Rippon were just as influential.

The Dolphins shot out to a nine-goal quarter-time lead before the Saints hit back.

“The first quarter set us up, we came out confident and firing, and put a lot of pressure on Birre’s goalers,” Enticott said of keeping the Saints to five first-quarter goals.

“But in the second and third they really rallied, they got it back to four or five goals,” she said.

“Ultimately I think it came down to our midcourt fitness, we were able to sneak away, we ran with seven players the whole way through.

“Ellie Rippon and Kira Bussell played exceptionally well in the midcourt, they’re both 18 turning 19, and Caitlin Rippon was really good at goal attack.”

Bussell faced a tough task going up against Saints midcourter Sarah Breed, who was among the Saints’ best players with wing-defence Molly Buchanan and goaler Tess Blake, who scored 29 of Birregurra’s 34 goals.

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