Alpine Observer

Mountain Maids mash Moyhu

- By NATHAN DE VRIES

BRIGHT’S A grade netball squad showed they remain a serious finals contended after beating Moyhu 67-42 at the Moyhu Recreation Reserve courts on Saturday.

Coming off a hard-fought draw against Benalla All Blacks before the lockdowns suspended play, Bright was primed to take on the ninthplace­d Hoppers.

“We went into the game confident in ourselves,” A grade coach and goal keeper Bridget Flint-Chapman said.

“We have really gelled on the court the last couple of games and that confidence in ourselves and team mates is really showing.

“We were just aiming to control what we could and enjoy playing netball again.”

A flurry of goals at both ends of the court during the first quarter had Bright ahead by three, though the lead did not come without cost.

Flint-Chapman went down with an ankle injury in the first five minutes of the match, and is unsure if she will be fit enough to return to the court this weekend.

Britney Fitzpatric­k took over in the defensive ring for the rest of the half, rotating with Kristi Hacket later on.

In the attacking circle goal scoring duo Laura Harris and Kate Buckley put on 10 goals each, pushing Bright’s lead out to 12 by half time.

A further 16 goals came from Bright in the third quarter, with Hacket and goal defender Leshae Hogan limiting Moyhu to just seven goals.

Another 16-goal quarter from the Mountain Maids was the final nail in Moyhu’s coffin, with Bright coming home by 25 goals.

Harris was best on court for Bright, who shot 42 goals at 88 per cent accuracy.

“I’m so proud of all the girls, they really adapted and rallied to play how they did,” Flint-Chapman said.

“Laura played beautifull­y, and played like the Laura I saw at try-outs.

“She was unstoppabl­e in goals.”

Bright will have another game on the road this weekend, heading out to Whitfield to face the bottom of the ladder King Valley United - the Roos had a 38 goal loss to Tarrawinge­e on the weekend.

“King Valley will be a good game,” Flint-Chapman said.

“Hopefully we can keep playing as we have and adapt to the changes in defence, and come away with a win.”

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