Goaler enjoying representative role

Simpson goaler Jessie Hawkins.

SIMPSON goaler Jessie Hawkins is enjoying her representative netball duties with Colac District.

Hawkins has spent time in an unfamiliar goal attacking role during four rounds of the Western Region

State League but has thrived with the extra responsibility.

The versatile Simpson sharpshooter has combined with fellow first-year Colac District goaler Casey Johnstone in adding depth to Colac District’s attacking circle.

Colac District coach Leah Ousey, whose side lost to rival Camperdown 66-32, said this year’s squad had improved each week.

“We are showing quite good progress in some of our areas,” she said.

“Jessie Hawkins I think is really doing well and Casey Johnstone as well; Kelly Pouw has been very consistent.

“Jessie and Casey haven’t been to Western Region before so it’s a good opportunity to see what it’s all about with these stronger defenders week in, week out.”

Camperdown, led by Colac export Rachel Rodger, proved too strong in the attacking circle on Thursday night at Warrnambool.

Ousey said towering Camperdown goaler Narelle Welsh shot accurately in the first half to give her team a commanding lead.

“They pretty much jumped us straight away; they played very well,” she said.

“Nadine McNamara was on her for the first half and Narelle shot very well.

“She was very accurate particularly in the first half which put the damage on the board.”

Ousey said working against taller opponents had proved a hurdle for Colac District.

“The height factor certainly didn’t help us on Thursday night but in saying that they did play very well and that certainly made it difficult,” she said.

“Once they got that lead quickly it was hard to sort of peg it back.”

Colac district defender Paige Mason will miss Colac District’s clash with Port Fairy this weekend and Ousey said Colac Imperial Sara Morrissy would come into the team.

Meanwhile, Western Border outlasted Colac District’s 17-and-under squard in a closely-contested battle, 45-41.

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