Mcculloch: This is just the be­gin­ning

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGIL­LIVRAY

Many of Tay­lors Lake’s A Grade net­ballers were too young to be play­ing the sport com­pet­i­tively the last time their side won a game.

Since 2012 the club has en­dured a bar­ren run, fail­ing to win a sin­gle game and not field­ing an A Grade side in 2016 be­fore re-en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in 2017.

Fi­nally, a dam wall hold­ing back seven years of frus­tra­tion and dis­ap­point­ment burst at the week­end with a 22-goal thump­ing of Ru­pa­nyup.

Lak­ers coach Gab Mcculloch, who has led the side since it re-formed in 2017, said the 52-30 tri­umph rep­re­sented years of hard work.

“For the past three years our A Grade has been full of ju­nior play­ers,” she said.

“We’ve got 14 year olds and lots of 16 and 17 year olds.

“It’s dif­fi­cult play­ing 16-year-old girls against teams like La­harum and Na­timuk, be­cause they don’t have strong bod­ies.

“It was just a mat­ter of them all ma­tur­ing, and then some of our more ma­ture play­ers com­ing back to join the group.”

Mcculloch said Grace Dixon was the sole re­main­ing mem­ber of the 2012 team that last won an A Grade game for the Lak­ers and had helped pro­vide lead­er­ship for the squad, along with Nel­lie Red­ford af­ter both had ba­bies.

Dixon played an ex­cel­lent game against Ru­pa­nyup goal at­tack Olivia Hueb­ner, hold­ing her to 10 goals for the game.

Jor­rdan Weir, one of the Lak­ers’ emerg­ing young tal­ents, starred at the other end of the court with 28 goals.

Mcculloch said the en­tire club got to cel­e­brate the win to­gether.

“Tammy our pres­i­dent and Bren­dan our se­nior foot­ball coach brought ev­ery­one over be­cause the foot­ball was al­ready fin­ished,” she said.

“I want to thank the club for stick­ing with me for three years while I de­vel­oped this vi­sion, be­cause three years is a long time to keep one coach.

“This was all about the play­ers; they do all the hard work, so it’s a big con­grat­u­la­tions to them.

“They’ve put in the hard work and they know what is re­quired to play and win in A Grade now. “This is just the be­gin­ning.” It was a tough day for Ru­pa­nyup, which was with­out coach and de­fender Kayla Woods.

The Pan­thers will move on to play Kal­kee, which was com­pet­i­tive early be­fore suc­cumb­ing to Har­row-bal­moral 49-34 at the week­end.

The Kees, led by Rianna Kuhne at wing at­tack, were level with the Roos at quar­ter time be­fore the Roos es­tab­lished a seven-goal lead at the main break.

Kal­kee won the third quar­ter but was blown out in the last as Kate Vick­ery led a stel­lar Roos de­fence and Brit­tany Jane Keller net­ted 28 goals in at­tack.

Lad­der-leader Na­timuk United wasted lit­tle time estab­lish­ing its dom­i­nance on the way to a 64-49 win against Swifts.

Play­ing coach Ch­eryl Sud­holz led the side to vic­tory at wing at­tack, help­ing set up a 60-goal game by Shan­non Couch.

The Ewes will play Jeparit-rain­bow at the week­end, while the Bag­gies will square off with No­rad­juha-quan­tong as both teams com­pete for a fi­nals spot.

The Bombers were no match for La­harum at the week­end, los­ing 6731 be­hind stel­lar per­for­mances from book­ends Mad­die Ire­dell and Erin Melling­ton. Ka­t­rina Kerr was the Bombers’ best. La­harum will now turn its at­ten­tion to Pimpinio, which pro­duced a gal­lant ef­fort against Eden­hope-ap­s­ley be­fore even­tu­ally los­ing 65-52.

Saint Dul­cie Shirrefs played all three de­fen­sive po­si­tions to great ef­fect, while Lau­ren Bowen was Pimpinio’s best at goal keeper.

The Saints now face a unique test – Tay­lors Lake com­ing off a mo­men­tum-build­ing win – in what should be an in­ter­est­ing game at Eden­hope.

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