COLAC Tigers netballers have overcome North Shore to post their first win of the season.
The Tigers opened the contest with a 16-goals-to-four opening quarter and had the Seagulls struggling to keep pace at Windsor Park.
A lacklustre final quarter failed to stop the Tigers’ momentum and they ran out winners, 45-26.
Colac midcourter Ellie Cuolahan controlled play through the midcourt in the absence of injured Shelley Scott, while Alana Park spent time in the attacking circle.
Tigers coach Rebecca Finn said her team managed to trial new attacking combinations in the breakthrough victory.
“We were glad to win but we’ve played better and the girls know that,” she said.
“We were swapping and changing every quarter and that can affect the team’s performance.
“Having Shelley out really throws the team balance off but Ellie did a good job running the centre the whole game.”
Tigers recruit Emma Hillman was best on court while Courtney Cuolahan, 32 goals, and Kelsey Lang also played well.
Finn said rain took its toll on the game and the Tigers needed to keep improving.
“It was positive in that we did get the win but we certainly played better in the two losses than we did on Saturday,” she said.
“In that third quarter we dropped off and whether we are fatigued or we have that loss of concentration with our young group; that could be a problem.
“Defensively we were solid all day and we tried those different rotations in attack to address some issues from previous weeks.”
The Tigers take on reigning premier South Barwon at Colac’s Central Reserve this weekend.
Meanwhile, Bell Park defeated Lara, 45-35, Leopold survived a thriller against St Marys, 41-40, and St Albans beat Newtown and Chilwell, 38-29.
South Barwon proved too strong for St Josephs, 64-48, and Geelong West-St Peters defated Grovedale 55-27.