Netballers suffer first defeat

COLAC District has suffered its first loss in a regional state netball league at the hands of Hampden Green.

The combined Hampden team proved too strong for Colac District, winning 57-26, after a dominant first-half performance.

Hampden, led by Victorian representative goaler Darcy Saunders, had a 15-goal opening quarter and followed up with a 17-goal second term.

Colac District rallied and won the third quarter, 11-7, but Hampden powered on to inflict Leah Ousey’s charges with their first loss of the summer tournament.

Ousey said Hampden Green put on a polished display of team netball on Wednesday night.

“They are a quality side throughout the court, they pretty much overpowered us I think,” she said.

“It was a very physical game and you probably don’t get that week to week generally in your normal game.”

Ousey said she tried different player combinations and the third quarter showed Colac District had the class to match stronger Western Region teams.

“That quarter in particular we flowed really nicely and our timing was excellent,” she said.

“I made quite a few changes and just wanted to see how some combinations worked.

“Particularly last night leading into the other games to try some different combinations and see how they came out.”

Regular goal shooters Casey Johnstone and Jessie Hawkins spent time in goal attack while Ousey continued to rotate players through the midcourt.

Ousey said the changes would help prepare the team for following clashes including Warrnambool District White next week.

“In this competition you’ve got a physical contest every week,” she said.

“We’ve got a few that have played in probably a different position to what they might play on a Saturday.

“It’s not a fitness thing as much as being a different position to what they are used to and they’ve adjusted well to that sort of change.

“The next couple of weeks will be quite interesting to see how it pans out.”

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