League back in win­ning po­si­tion

McIvor Times - - SPORTS - By AN­DREW JOHN­STON

HEATH­COTE and Dis­trict net­ball is back on the win­ner’s list.

Af­ter los­ing their last two matches, the team claimed vic­tory over the Gee­long and Dis­trict NL by six goals.

They had to sur­vive a late scare, with Gee­long and Dis­trict claw­ing back to tie the scores dur­ing the final quar­ter.

But the HD held their nerve to end the game in front.

Coach Liz Cob­bledick said the match was played at a strong level.

‘‘It was a pretty ex­cit­ing match,’’ she said.

‘‘There was some re­ally good qual­ity net­ball played through­out the match. We were com­ing up against a re­ally strong op­po­si­tion who put a great side out on the court.’’

Cob­bledick said her team’s strong start gave them the be­lief go­ing for­ward to claim the match.

‘‘We started off re­ally well in the open­ing five min­utes,’’ she said.

‘‘When you come out and put on a great show­ing from the early stages it sets you up for the rest of the game. We started off the way we wanted to and it gave us the con­fi­dence to play our best net­ball for the ma­jor­ity of the match.’’

While they started off strongly, the side had to hold off a strong come­back from the home side.

Cob­bledick praised her team for their re­sponse to the chal­lenge.

‘‘Our side didn’t back down when mo­ments got tough in the game,’’ she said.

‘‘They were chal­lenged at that time in the game, but they re­sponded ex­actly how we wanted to.’’

She gave ex­tra praise to An­naGrace Close.

‘‘She was eas­ily best on court,’’ Cob­bledick said.

‘‘When we got into that tough stage of the game, she re­sponded. She prob­a­bly got the ball for us five or six times when we re­ally needed it, she was eas­ily our best player.’’

Cob­bledick said that while there were no premier­ship points on the line, the win meant a great deal to her team.

‘‘You do get a lot of pride out of play­ing in these games,’’ she said.

‘‘It means a lot when you work hard to win to come away with the cup as we did on the day.’’

Danni Wee-Hee in ac­tion for HDFNL.

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