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.
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