Maids thump Be­nalla

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

RED HOT: Emily O’Neil was in good form yet again for Bright, net­ting 35 goals against Be­nalla on Satur­day.

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