Bloods claim first win at Saints’ ex­pense

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By JESS GLED­HILL

EL­MORE Foot­ball Net­ball Club’s A grade side at­tained its first vic­tory on Satur­day in a close en­counter with Heath­cote at Bar­rack Re­serve.

The four-goal con­quest, 34-30, has placed them ahead of Heath­cote on the lad­der in eighth on the same num­ber of wins as North Bendigo in sev­enth.

Coach Kris Ro­saia put the tri­umph down to a con­sis­tent four quar­ter per­for­mance from the en­tire side.

‘‘We never felt com­fort­able with the score­line,’’ Ro­saia said.

‘‘Not even in the fi­nal few min­utes, but the girls man­aged to stay calm and play their own game.’’

The Bloods kept per­sist­ing with what they had been work­ing on at train­ings with strong drives down the court and mul­ti­ple leads mak­ing it eas­ier to nav­i­gate the ball from de­fence to at­tack.

They couldn’t af­ford to take their foot off at any stage as the Saints con­tin­u­ally per­sisted on the score­board through­out the game.

The mar­gin got to as many as 10 goals in favour of El­more be­fore a surge from the Saints saw them close the gap once again.

Strong body-on-body de­fence from Heath­cote meant the Bloods had to fight for ev­ery pos­ses­sion.

Kelsey Niven, Is­abel Ni­chol-Smith and Carly De­meo were for­mi­da­ble in the de­fen­sive end, turn­ing over mul­ti­ple balls and re­bound­ing ex­cep­tion­ally to give their own goalers more op­por­tu­ni­ties to score.

‘‘I hon­estly could’ve listed all the girls as stand outs on Satur­day,’’ Ro­saia said.

‘‘We were able to put into play ev­ery­thing we’ve been de­vel­op­ing at train­ings.

‘‘We can take a lot of pos­i­tiv­ity from the game and it feels like we’ve got the mon­key off our back.

‘‘There are still a cou­ple of teams we haven’t played, but we ap­proach ev­ery week like we have the chance of win­ning.’’

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