Lakers A-grade netball side can't stay with Lancaster.CHALPAT SONTI April 9, 2014 3:38am
A defenders curse struck Nagambie once again on Saturday, but this time the A-grade netball side couldn’t bounce back at Lancaster.
The Lakers stayed with the home side early, trailing 17-12 at the first change, before falling away to lose 71-37.
The margin blew out later in the game but it was always on the cards after some early misfortune.
Jacqui Anderson stepped up to help the A-grade side out at the defensive end after Kate McRae was ruled out with a calf injury in the Undera game, but she had to leave the court herself with a leg injury in the first quarter.
‘‘It was definitely up hill from there,’’ player-coach Caitlyn McPhee said.
‘‘We had goalers in defence, centre court players in defence, we tried everything but we just really struggled.’’
Once again the younger players stepped up with Chanelle Paulke excellent in her first-ever run in defence and Clancey Loughnane and Keely Woosnam also competing well.
McPhee also praised the Wombats, who knocked Nagambie out of the finals last year.
‘‘They’re just a strong, fit side who are hard at the ball,’’ she said.
‘‘They shut us down, put a zone on us and pushed us out wide.
‘‘We just couldn’t find the space to pass into.
‘‘A few times we got it together and got a bit of a run on, but then we let it go again.
‘‘We just need to get our fitness up to compete with sides like that.
‘‘We’ve got some young players and the physical side can be hard on them as well.
‘‘We’ll just work a few things out at training and find ourselves a new defender or maybe even a new goaler which would free me up to go into defence.’’
The Lakers will take on Merrigum at home this weekend.
B-grade suffered its second straight loss to start the season, going down 71-17 but there was much better news for the other three Lakers sides, which all maintained an unbeaten start to 2014.
C-grade were 29-11 winners, the under-17s thumped the Wombats 40-16 and the under-15s were similarly far too good winning 55-22.
Great time had at this year's Barmah Muster.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Friday’s annual primary inter-school cross country meet will see a broader variety of students taking part, as well as the introduction of a new finish line.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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