MNL

Warn­ing helps Hawks to five-goal win over new­comer

The Cobram Courier - - GAME ON -

Ba­rooga was warned not to un­der­es­ti­mate league new­comer Tungamah in its round 10 bat­tle and it was lucky it did not, es­cap­ing with a hard-fought five-goal win at Ba­rooga Recre­ation Re­serve.

The Hawks re­versed their trend of start­ing games slowly and flew out the blocks to lead by five goals at the first change.

De­spite hav­ing ex­tended their lead, the Hawks en­dured a nervy fin­ish to the game as the Bears be­gan to cut down the mar­gin in the last quar­ter.

Thank­fully for Ba­rooga, it man­aged to hold down the fort with some stern de­fence to help keep its sea­son well and truly alive.

Co-coach Sharni Hazel­man was rapt with her team’s per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly in the open­ing ex­changes.

‘‘Our first half was prob­a­bly the best net­ball we have pro­duced all sea­son. We have seemed to be start­ing slow, but our aim was to come out and start strong and that is what we did,’’ Hazel­man said.

She said it was a dif­fi­cult match to try and sin­gle out in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances.

‘‘To be hon­est it was a big team ef­fort. Ev­ery­one prob­a­bly played their best game of the year, which def­i­nitely helped.

‘‘Ev­ery­one on the court did their job and that’s the main rea­son we got the re­sult we did.

‘‘Tay­lah Hazel­man and Abbey Jones got our awards, but our de­fence was also fan­tas­tic all day.’’

In the front of the court, Tay­lah Hazel­man pro­duced an­other strong per­for­mance to fin­ish with 36 goals, while Jones was an able side­kick with 16.

Hazel­man said key facets of the game such as re­bound­ing strongly in de­fence and ap­ply­ing fierce pres­sure around the court were ar­eas the Hawks had been work­ing on.

Ba­rooga will have a chance to recharge its bat­ter­ies with a bye sched­uled this round.

Eyes on the prize: Abbey Jones was solid in at­tack for Ba­rooga in its win over Tungamah.

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