COLAC Imperials have ended Irrewarra-Beeac’s 81-game unbeaten run in Colac district netball.
The Imps overcame a hard working Irrewarra-Beeac, 39-31, at Irrewarra Recreation Reserve, and they did it without star goaler Rebecca Scott.
Regular defender Meagan Kerr replaced Scott in the Imps’ attacking circle and helped her team exorcise the demons of last year’s grand final loss.
The Imps worked their way to a three-goal half-time lead and slowly capitalised on intercepts and turnovers to win the third and fourth quarters.
Bombers coach Narelle Frith spent the second half on the bench and watched her team succumb to a resilient Imps outfit.
Frith said the Imps wanted to win more than the Bombers on Saturday.
“I think their defensive pressure was better than ours and just their will to win really,” she said.
“We made some silly errors towards the end which came down to a bit of inexperience and that type of thing.
“They were just the better team on the day, really.”
Kerr netted 20 goals alongside Candi Robbins, 19 goals, while Imps defenders Elyse Howard and Emma Salmon restricted the Bombers’ goalers.
Imps coach Eva Callahan said the victory was a positive step forward for her improving team.
“It probably sends a message to a few of the other clubs that perhaps they are not unbeatable like they once were,” she said.
“Our defenders played really well, Emma Salmon and Elyse they just put that pressure on their goalies and we got quite a few turnovers which was good.
“We were pretty happy with the win.”
Callahan said the Bombers were still a league force but had found it difficult to replace player departures including defenders
Leah Ousey and Emma Hillman.
“It was still a really competitive game, I don’t think they’ve lost too much,” she said.
“But losing those tall defenders has been difficult for them.
“The girls that have stepped up did a fairly solid job, our goalers had to work hard to score.”
The Imps take on Otway Districts this weekend while the Bombers clash with Western Eagles.
“It’s good to get the win but it’s only round four,” Callahan said.
Eagles upstage Alvie for valuable win
WESTERN Eagles remain in fourth spot on the ladder after a win against Alvie.
The top-five Eagles were locked in a battle of defenders against the Swans at Alvie Recreation Reserve but proved the stronger team, 24-22.
The Eagles outscored the Swans, 14-10, in a match-defining second half where goals were at a premium.
Hawks topple Demons for first win
APOLLO Bay netballers have won their first game of the season after defeating Otway Districts.
The Hawks battled past the Demons, 29-27, at Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve after a difficult start to the year which included losses to Irrewarra-Beeac and Colac Imperials.
Apollo Bay broke the clash open in a dominant third quarter but had to withstand a late Demons fightback before securing the two-goal triumph.
Roo midcourter continues impressive season
SOUTH Colac midcourter Chelsea Speirs has continued her impressive season in a Roos’ victory against Forrest.
Speirs has developed into a versatile midcourter after moving from the attacking goal circle and helped South Colac beat Forrest, 58-30.
South Colac coach Leanne Monaghan said Speirs had helped the team move forward following the departure of experienced players from last season.