Cats se­cure maiden vic­tory

Campaspe News - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By FRASER WALKER-PEARCE

LOCK­ING­TON-BA­MAWM United is off the foot of the Heath­cote and Dis­trict Net­ball League lad­der af­ter se­cur­ing its maiden win of the sea­son on Satur­day.

The Cats have gone the first four rounds of the year win­less, com­ing up against se­ri­ously tough op­po­nents in the form of Huntly, Mt Pleas­ant and league lead­ers White Hills.

But in Satur­day’s match against Heath­cote, all of that changed.

Amanda Walker’s team gelled quickly and set­tled into their work with ease in the bot­tom of the lad­der play­off.

Loose balls were pounced upon by the Cats, and goals snatched away from the Saints — who were counter at­tack­ing in one in­stant, and back de­fend­ing un­der their own hoop mo­ments later, through quick in­ter­cep­tions.

Walker said she could not have been more proud of her side’s ‘‘four-quar­ter’’ per­for­mance.

‘‘I’m very happy, the girls played a con­sis­tent game for the first time this year,’’ Walker said.

‘‘They played a qual­ity 15 min­utes at a time for the whole game and did it well.

‘‘Dur­ing the quar­ter breaks it was a good en­cour­ag­ing space when they gath­ered and each quar­ter they all got in and it was a pos­i­tive talk at each break.

‘‘I felt the de­fen­sive end talked re­ally well and swapped up their style a bit, and the de­fen­sive pres­sure from the at­tack­ers was very con­sis­tent through­out,’’ she said.

Walker said the pres­sure acoss the court on the Saints play­ers and their de­ci­sions im­pressed her, and made her feel that all the work done in prepa­ra­tion had been worth it.

‘‘It did feel like a lot of progress. They played some very dis­ci­plined net­ball, the penalty count against us was down a lot which is pleas­ing too,’’ she said.

This week­end brings LBU to se­cond-placed Col­binab­bin as the Cats at­tempt to back up the win with an­other.

‘‘Col­binab­bin beat White Hills this week, so I think we’ll be fo­cus­ing on our pos­ses­sion this week in train­ing, to make sure we’re on top with that and cap­i­talise on that.

‘‘Re­becca Eade, who is only 17, put in a great per­for­mance, and she has played with some of the Colbo girls in the in­ter­league side, so we’re hop­ing for some in­side in­for­ma­tion from her,’’ Walker laughed.

The Col­binab­bin-LBU match starts at 2pm on Satur­day away from home.

Photo: Luke He­mer

LBU’s An­nalesa Turner in ac­tion on Satur­day.

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