South Western Times

League back from the bye

- KEREN STEWART

Action returns to the South West Netball Football League this weekend after a bye due to Easter.

The opening round was held in Bridgetown — and the Blackwood Ravens made a statement in their inaugural league contest, pipping Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenaul­t 43-41.

It was also a positive start to the season for Bunbury, who rolled to a 59-41 derby win over South Bunbury.

The clash was a great four-quarter hit out, with two goals separating the sides at the end of the first break.

The Bulldogs took control of the second quarter, with Cass Anderson’s dynamic passing, coupled with accurate shooting by Hannah Rogers, resulting in a 16-10 burst.

Strong defensive efforts by South Bunbury league debutant Maddi Nuske helped stem the flow, but were too little to make up enough ground to mount a serious comeback.

There was also a shock to end the round, with the Eaton Boomers toppling Busselton 50-44.

Although they led at half-time, the depleted Magpies began to tire, as they had no substituti­ons to call upon.

This resulted in the Boomers gaining momentum after stringing together consecutiv­e goals.

Once in full flight, Eleanor Yates and Natasha Zappia managed to turn the screws.

Magpies playing-coach Lisa Millman acknowledg­ed the defensive efforts from Tamara Thornley and Jenelle Pagan.

Fixtures

Saturday: 1.45pm Bunbury v Eaton Boomers (Eaton Recreation Centre); 3.30pm Blackwood v South Bunbury, Busselton v Harv-BrunsLesch (Eaton Recreation Centre). Sunday: Noon, Bunbury v Carey Park (South West Sports Centre).

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