Noradjuha-Quantong wins first game for 2014

NORADJUHA-QUANTONG came back into finals contention with its first win of the season against Pimpinio on Saturday.

The Tigers were in good early-season form after convincing victories against Taylors Lake and Rupanyup, but the Bombers stopped them in their tracks at the weekend with a superb second quarter.

Noradjuha-Quantong had a three-goal advantage after a hotly-contested opening term.

Missing Sarah Koenig, the Bombers relied on Samantha Avery and Olivia McDonald in goals all day.

It payed off in the second quarter, as the pair added 18 goals to nine to secure a 12-goal lead at the long break.

Noradjuha-Quantong extended its lead slightly in a scrappy third quarter, but Pimpinio was good enough to fight its way to a stalemate in the last.

Yolanda Francis and Chloe Anson formed a solid tandem for Noradjuha-Quantong in defence, while Olivia Chenoweth played all over the court and was the Tigers’ best.

Lisa Ward had a good game in the middle of the court and Kylie Helyar finished with a team-high 17 goals.

The final score was 53-36 in favour of the Bombers.

Bombers coach Carmel Officer said the first win of the season would give her players confidence.

“I wasn’t worried too much with our first two losses because the teams we played were the premier and runner-up from last year, and we had good games against them,” she said.

“It would be nice to say we’ve put ourselves back in finals contention but I’m not going to judge anything just yet.”

“It would be nice to say we’ve put ourselves back in finals contention but I’m not going to judge anything just yet.” - Bombers coach Carmel Officer

Natimuk United maintained its grip on top spot with another dominant display, this time against Taylors Lake.

Kirby Knight was in top form, shooting 67 goals to take her season tally to 154 from only three games. 

If Knight maintains her goal-shooting pace and plays every match this season, she will finish with more than 900 for the year.

Laharum also remains undefeated after blowing out Rupanyup.

The Mountain Maids dominated the visitors in the final quarter, scoring 17 goals to one for a 67-16 victory.

Centre Marceena Cameron and goal defence Nikki Ervin were Laharum’s best, while Jodie and Lana Hayes took the honours for Rupanyup after a determined effort.

Swifts could not break through against Edenhope-Apsley for what would have been a historic win, but were more than competitive.

The Baggies have not tasted victory since the opening round of 2011, but were within six goals of last season’s runner-up after three quarters.

Cynthia Watt and Rachael Whitehead were good enough to get the Saints over the line despite the efforts of Melinda Beal and Kaitlyn Ralph, who were the Swifts’ best.

Reigning premier Harrow-Balmoral stayed hot against Kalkee, winning 48-30 on the back of a second-quarter burst.

Amy Lewis, 32 goals, and Sarah Langley were the Roos’ best, and young guns Stevie Bibby and Mikayla McAuliffe performed well for Kalkee.

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