Maids thump Benalla
BRIGHT remains a spot out of the Ovens and King A grade netball top six despite a big win over Benalla on Saturday.
The Mountain Maids enjoyed their seventh win over the season with a dominant 64-29 result over the All Blacks.
Bright is now less than one per cent behind Goorambat with four rounds left in the home and away season.
Bright coach Nat Kidd said it was a return to form for her side after consecutive 20-goal defeats.
“We needed a good 20-30 goal win so it was pleasing that we were able to do that,” Kidd said.
“The aim was 60 or more goals too and with a bit of a different looking line up that was another positive.”
The Mountain Maids did things comfortably from start to finish, opening up an 11goal lead at quarter time before extending their advantage to 20 at the main break.
Emma Warnock led an impressive first half defensive display as Bright restricted Benalla to just 11 goals.
Shooters Emily O’Neil and Kate Buckley continued to make the most of their opportunities after halftime and added 20 goals in the third term before finishing the match with individual goal tallies of 35 and 29 respectively.
Kidd said the team will need to produce similar netball in the final four games of the season as they look to play finals for the first time in a number of years.
“We were definitely disappointed with our performances against Tarrawingee and Milawa but we’ve worked on a few things at training to be more aggressive at the ball,”
“We play Whorouly this week who we beat by 15 goals first time and it’s a game we have to win along with probably North Wang and then Goorambat in the last round of the year.
“We have shown for most of the year we are a top six side and now we just have to want to win as badly as the three other sides around us who all want that fifth or sixth position.”
The A grade netballers weren’t the only winners for Bright against the All Blacks with B grade, B Reserve and C grade also leaving Benalla with four points.
Tracy Fitzpatrick, Kylie Wickham and Brynn Wickes (38 goals) lead B grade to a 52-32 triumph, their seventh win of the season.
B Reserve was victorious 41-16 over Benalla with Mandy Ditcham and Diana Johnston the best.
C grade had a 58-23 win with Jedda McIntosh and Tessa Williams each netting 29 goals while Lilly Ricardi was again strong.
The under15s went down 11-20 despite the efforts of Ebony Fitzpatrick and Gemma Drohan.
Bright takes on Whorouly at Pioneer Park on Saturday.
RED HOT: Emily O’Neil was in good form yet again for Bright, netting 35 goals against Benalla on Saturday.