Bloods claim first win at Saints’ expense
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.’’