LBU wins thriller


LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United se­cured just its sec­ond vic­tory of the year in A grade netball in a clutch fi­nal min­utes fin­ish against ri­vals Leitchville-Gun­bower.

The Cats claimed a 38-37 win over LG, mov­ing LBU above their lo­cal ri­vals on the Heath­cote and District Netball League lad­der for the first time this year.

It was end to end, hold-your-breath stuff for the Cats faith­ful, who had to en­dure a long, drawn out come back from LG in the fi­nal quar­ter.

But in the end LBU had done enough in the pre­vi­ous three quar­ters to snatch vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat, and take the game by a soli­tary goal.

Best on court for the Cats was goal-keep Tracey Og­den who re­pelled a num­ber of nearcer­tain goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and kept LBU in the lead.

Bec Eade re­cov­ered quicker than ex­pected from a dis­lo­cated shoulder in the pre­vi­ous match, to take to the court and play ex­cep­tion­ally well also.

LBU coach Amanda Walker said af­ter a nervy fin­ish she was glad to see her side get over the line.

‘‘We’re very happy with that,’’ Walker said.

‘‘We were about five or six goals up dur­ing the fi­nal quar­ter and then they came back at us, the mo­men­tum just swung. Our girls were very fo­cused and wanted it more in the end.

‘‘It was a one goal mar­gin for a cou­ple of min­utes. Our scorer was a bit ex­cited and stood in the way of the score­board so we couldn’t see the score. I ac­tu­ally had to ask her what the score was af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle,’’ Walker said.

With a good crowd of sup­port to wit­ness the vic­tory, ev­ery one of the Cats play­ers did their job.

‘‘Tracey Og­den— our goal keeper — was best on, Bec Eade came back from her shoulder in­jury really well, Clau­dia Gal­lagher was very fo­cused on the win through­out and Michelle McIntosh also played well. Ev­ery­one pitched in,’’ she said.

Next up for the Cats is third-placed Mt Pleas­ant.

‘‘It’ll be tough but the talk af­ter the game was that we should be com­pet­i­tive from here on in.

‘‘We’ll match them a lot bet­ter this time around, last time it was very hot, so we won’t have that this time around. It’s at home too so we look for­ward to that,’’ Walker said.

Leitchville-Gun­bower coach Jordy Hol­man could not be con­tacted by the Riv be­fore dead­line.

Pho­tos: Luke He­mer.

LBU’s Tracey Og­den was best on court for the Cats while her team­mate An­nalesa Turner gets to the ball ahead of the Bombers’ Kate Done­hue.

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