Bad run leaves Cats short

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COL­BINAB­BIN made light work of a strug­gling LBU side as the surge of the Hop­pers con­tin­ues.

The Cats were pun­ished by the home side in a crush­ing 46-goal loss on Satur­day.

Colbo dom­i­nated the match from the out­set, show­ing the hap­less op­po­si­tion why they are on the top rung on the Heath­cote and District Net­ball League lad­der.

Go­ing into the match Amanda Walker’s side was hope­ful of record­ing back to back wins af­ter win­ning against Heath­cote by six goals the week be­fore.

But it was not to be — the Hop­pers laid claim to all loose balls and made the most of sloppy turnovers in the first quar­ter to have a com­mand­ing lead even be­fore the Cats re­alised what had hit them.

To add in­sult to in­jury, a key Cats player — goal de­fender Re­becca Eade — ‘‘popped out’’ her shoul­der in the third quar­ter and played no fur­ther part in the match.

Cats coach Walker said she hoped that Eade would be able to see a physio in the week and be all right to play in the next round against LeitchvilleGun­bower.

The Bombers have had a sim­i­larly poor start to the cam­paign, with a win, five losses and a draw see­ing them just two spots above wooden spoon­ers, the Cats.

Walker said if a few more things had gone right in the first quar­ter it would have set her team up much bet­ter for the game.

‘‘We had a re­ally slow first quar­ter and went be­hind early,’’ Walker said.

‘‘The next three I was re­ally happy with. We had good clear­ances and got the ball into space and kept it with good hands as well.

‘‘There were a lot of pos­i­tives to take out of yes­ter­day,’’ she said.

Walker said the Bombers-Cats game means a lot to the two sides and LBU wants to be the side to come out the bet­ter on Satur­day.

‘‘We’ll both be want­ing it,’’ she said.

‘‘And I think we’ll look at it as a game we re­ally want. If we can play four quar­ters we can give them a run.

‘‘Hope­fully (Bec Eade) will be okay for this week.

‘‘She’s the one with the height down our de­fen­sive end.

‘‘I thought Bec Dodd was best on for me, we had to throw her around the court and she played pretty well in all po­si­tion.’’

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