Reigning premiers Shepparton Swans have hit the court running with a strong win against Mooroopna in round one of Goulburn Valley Netball League.OLIVER CAFFREY April 7, 2014 3:20am
Shepparton Swans were underdone going into round one.
That is a scary proposition for the 11 other Goulburn Valley Netball League teams, as the reigning premiers thrashed Mooroopna by 29 goals on Saturday.
The Swans were made to work hard during the opening quarter, taking a two-goal lead into the first break.
However, the Swans turned it on after that, producing a blistering second term display.
Swans coach Jana Bruinier said it would take time to gain momentum with a slightly different team from last year, but was pleased with the first-up effort.
‘‘Mooroopna will always give us a great contest and the overall score didn’t reflect how close it was for most of the day,’’ Bruinier said.
‘‘It’s going to take a while getting to know each other on and off the court, so there were lots of unforced errors, but hopefully that will improve.’’
Bruinier nominated Eliza Woodhouse, Annie Cobbledick and the returning Bec Dudgeon for special mentions after impressive efforts.
It was a memorable day for the Cobbledick sisters, Annie and Liz, who were playing together for the first time at the Swans.
Bruinier said at stages during the game, the Cobbledicks and the Toy sisters Gemma and Kate were all prominent in the forward half.
‘‘It wouldn’t happen too often where you have two sets of sisters in the same forward half, which was great to see,’’ Bruinier said.
While the Swans coasted past the Cats, Bruinier knows her side has to improve ahead of a grand final rematch against Shepparton on Saturday.
‘‘As a coach I was overall happy with the game and it’s a good lead-up to our next few weeks, where we’ll really have to step it up,’’ Bruinier said.
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