HORSHAM District league’s open netball squad fought back in the second half of its clash with Colac and District – but it couldn’t quite come away with a win.
Just five goals separated the two teams at the final whistle of the interleague clash, with Colac District winning 46-41.
Scores remained even in the opening term, with Horsham District trailing by just two points, 13-11.
The game then got away from the home side – particularly the second quarter proved a hindrance for the rest of the game.
Coach Sharon Fedke said “silly mistakes” cost the side.
“It came down to everyone not really knowing each other and not having played together before,” she said.
In the second term, it was relatively one-sided. For every two goals scored by Colac District, Horsham District scored one.
At the main break the score read 25-18.
Fedke said she called on her team to keep their heads high at half-time.
“I told them to find that connection I knew they all had,” she said.
Fedke’s words had the right impact – the side going on to have a resurgence of sorts.
The home team won the third term, scoring 12 goals to Colac District’s 10.
Fedke said Colac District was a great team.
“Their goalies were very accurate,” she said.
It was a tense contest in the final stanza, with Horsham District scoring the first five of six goals and drawing level with the opposition.
Colac District retained the lead and kept composed to round out an impressive game of netball.
Fedke said she was proud to coach such a great group of netballers.
“I was proud of their effort they put in. They kept fighting and never put their heads down,” she said.
“They brought themselves back into the game… they never gave up.”
Fedke said when the side performed strongly, it truly shone.
“Sometimes we tried to rush it too much but there were passages of play which were really good,” Fedke said.
“We found that if we were more direct, it was better for our style and they executed that perfectly.”
Laharum goaler Caitlin Story was awarded best on court.
Story brought her home-and-away season form to the match, performing strongly in the ring and scoring a majority of the goals.
Fedke said the defenders battled hard and if it weren’t for the accuracy of Colac District, it would have been a different outcome.
Rebecca Francis made a big impact when she moved up the court into an attacking role with several plays coming through her in the second half.
Fedke said the scoreline showed how close the game was.
“Ebony Salter was disappointed in herself at the end of the game but I thought she did a great job,” Fedke said.
“She kept fighting hard all day and was a real leader out on the court.
“She kept talking to everyone out there and made all the right decisions.”