Avenel's A-grade netball side goes down to Stanhope.CHALPAT SONTI April 9, 2014 3:31am
All things considered, a 44-30 loss to last year’s runner-up wasn’t a bad way to start the season for Avenel’s A-grade netball side — and coach Anita Lynch can’t wait to face Stanhope again.
The Swans couldn’t buy a goal early and made too many unforced errors against a side that made them pay, but eventually started to click and ‘‘won’’ the final quarter.
Defenders Jacinta Jamison, Sarah Milne and Kasey Szydlowksi were the standouts for Avenel, Jamison also going forward late to try to cure the yips up front. Kelly Smith was also good at centre.
But all up, Lynch wasn’t unhappy.
‘‘If we cut down those unforced errors next time we play them I think there’ll be a different scoreline,’’ Lynch said.
‘‘They’ll be one of the top sides and we didn’t get absolutely pumped. We just didn’t hit our targets and Stanhope didn’t miss, it was just one of those days (shots) just didn’t go in.
‘‘Our skills were quite good, there were some unforced errors but it’s the first time we’ve played together with our full side.
‘‘A couple of games into the season will be a different story.’’
The Swans face Violet Town at home on Saturday after the Towners began their season with an easy win over Longwood.
‘‘They look like they might be a good side too this year so it’ll be another good test,’’ Lynch said.
Avenel got the better of the Lions the rest of the day. B-grade started its season in good style because it aims to go one game further than last season’s preliminary final with a 36-24 win while C-grade was beaten 32-23.
The Swans age-group sides both started the year with convincing wins, the under-17s too good 35-18 and the under-15s 41-29 victors.
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