SOUTH Colac’s promoted junior netballers have proven they are up to the challenge of A Grade netball in a win against Western Eagles.
Young Roos’ stars Edwina Parker, sister of former Roo Grace Parker, and goaler Tegan McNamara overcame pre-game nerves to help South Colac to a nail-biting 34-29 victory.
McNamara teamed with Chelsea Speirs and recruit Sarah Bach to ensure South Colac applied scoreboard pressure in a tense final quarter.
The Roos led by one-goal heading into the final 15 minutes before McNamara and company outscored the hardworking Eagles, 10-6, to put an end to an impressive first-up display.
South Colac coach Leanne Monaghan said an injury to goaler Janelle Monaghan put the Roos under pressure early in the game.
“Janelle did her ankle in the first two minutes which didn’t help us but we’re hoping she can get back in the next couple of weeks,” she said.
“I was really pleased particularly with Edwina Parker, she stood up really well and played at wing attack when she normally plays as a defender.
“For a girl to come from 17s and come in and play a position she hasn’t played before; she’s done a fantastic job.”
Monaghan said the Eagles made the game uncomfortable for her young players at Joiner Reserve on Saturday.
“They were really tough, they were tough at it and actually seemed quite fit,” she said.
“I’d say their fitness might have been a bit better than ours and they definitely should be up there amongst the top lot.
“We were looking down the barrel a bit and pulled something out of the hat and managed to get on top at the end there.”
Western Eagles coach Karen Slater said her team had produced a competitive effort.
“We were disappointed with a loss yet very encouraged by the actual game,” she said.
“It was the first hit-out the girls have had as a full side.
“Our girls haven’t played much together and when you look at the South girls they’ve all played a fair bit of netball together be it under-17s or juniors.”
South Colac plays Lorne this weekend while the Eagles have a bye.