Goulburn Valley has fought back from a 10-goal deficit to post a thrilling overtime victory against Ballarat in their interleague clash.OLIVER CAFFREY May 26, 2014 3:20am
Goulburn Valley Netball League’s (back) Greg Heinrich, Ash Mangan, Bridgette Holt, Grace Thomas, Bree Hanslow, Emily Atkinson, Grace Hide, Gina Sozzi, (front) Megan Trevaskis, Maisie Barlow, Belinda Lees and Kirsty Hommes came from nowhere to defeat Ballarat.
It was an unlikely comeback that could shape a team.
Goulburn Valley Netball League pulled off a dramatic interleague heist against Ballarat Netball League at Deakin Reserve on Saturday.
The home side was 10 goals down heading into the final term, but an amazing attacking effort from Goulburn Valley tied the scores at 39-all at full-time.
Goulburn Valley went on with the job in two five-minute terms of overtime to snatch a two-goal victory.
Despite falling behind by 17 goals in the second quarter, new Goulburn Valley coach Belinda Lees always believed her team had more to give.
‘‘I was thinking it was going to be a sad and sorry day at quarter-time after the start we had,’’ Lees said.
‘‘But we weren’t playing well at all and I knew once we played to our potential it would be a different game.
‘‘I just think we started to trust each other after a while, we were really learning how to play with each other and as a team — once we did that you could see it all coming together.
‘‘We didn’t train at all together before the game, so that first quarter and a bit was almost a training session in itself.’’
With the team focused on claiming a third consecutive state Association Championships championship, Lees said the game was an ideal hit-out.
‘‘What better way to come together as a team than by having a comeback win like that, you really couldn’t have written it any better,’’ Lees said.
Euroa’s Maisie Barlow was tireless in defence, while Shepparton United’s Bree Hanslow was named best-on-court.
After receiving a late call-up to the squad on Friday, Benalla goaler Grace Thomas was exceptional.
Goulburn Valley will be boosted by the expected returns of Mansfield coach Jade Heinrich, Shepparton Swans’ Liz Cobbledick and Kyabram’s Steph O’Nial for the Association Championships.
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