Netballers fight back to win regional clash

Narelle Frith was part of a defensive end which lifted Colac District to victory.

Colac District managed a 48-46 victory against Cobden after it had fallen to a four-goal half-time deficit.

A strong second-half defensive effort led by Nadine McNamara, Paige Mason and Narelle Frith helped Colac peg back the margin and lead by three goals headed into the final quarter.

Colac District coach Leah Ousey said her team had fought hard in its opening match of the 10- week representative competition.

“I was really happy with our first run together, it was a good hit out for the girls,” she said.

“They were quite good, they shot quite well but we had a number of more scoring shots than they did, especially in the first half.

“I made some changes at half time when we were three or four goals down and that seemed to work.” Colac District’s Abby Callahan, Jessie Hawkins and Casey Johnstone all debuted in the two-goal victory.

Ousey said the squad, including the new faces, had started to work well together. “It was their first time getting a feel for it and I was really happy with their performances – our defensive end, particularly in the second half, worked well,” she said.

“We just get together a bit now and I expect as the weeks go on we will be settled in and know more about each other’s game.”

Ousey said the team would work on choosing the right passing options and combinations in the lead up to Thursday’s clash against Hampden Green.

“A lot of it depends on how I see the match ups happening,” she said. “Different players can bring something to the game, and it’s not as much with not performing well as it is to getting a mismatch or the right combinations.”

Meanwhile, Colac District’s 17-and-under team managed to reverse a fivegoal three-quarter time deficit to defeat South West District, 43-38.

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