Ky pulls up short

May 03, 2018

Holly Butler of Kyabram during the GVL A grade netball match between Kyabram and Echuca. Photo by Luke Hemer.

IN THE battle of the Bombers, Ky just couldn’t get a lead on Echuca.

The girls fell 31-59 and while there was some great input from the three team veterans and co-coaches it wasn’t enough.

While the girls’ winning streak didn’t continue into the current season, co-coach Holly Butler said they’re seeing some promising development.

“Although it wasn’t the result we wanted there are some positives to take away from the game and definitely areas which we need to improve,” she said.

“But full credit to the Echuca girls, who were too good for us on the day.”

If there was one more quarter the girls may have been able to close the gap they’d let open up as they developed a rhythm in the fourth, but it was all in vain.

Madison Fitzgerald came on in the final quarter, putting in a stylish performance and managing to hold off the Echuca onslaught 14 goals to 10.

Lauren Pryde and Shani Clark were consistent and strong, providing good drive down the court which got them the titles of best on for the match.

Butler said the young talent that is Lara Cunningham will be one to watch.

“She’s only 16 so it’s her first year in A grade, but she really worked hard last week to execute passes so full credit to her,” she said.

“Emma Roberts and Heidi Morris worked tirelessly in the goal circle, making the most of any chance to convert.

“Bec Squires and Lauren Pryde worked hard in the defensive end — Echuca had strong targets in the goal circle — they’re a fairly tall side and they worked really well in there.”

The Bombers attack end had no teeth, and coming through the middle the ball was soon in the clutches of the Echuca girls.

“There was a lot of pressure on the girls through the middle, we’ll definitely be working on our drive through there and how to get through a zone defence,” she said.

This week the Bombers square up against the Swans at Princess Park and the coaches have one aim.

“We need to go back to basics and do what we know, just play to our strengths and make sure we do it well,” Butler said.

“We’re yet to play four quarters of good netball so to take it up to the Swans we need to be consistent down the whole court for the whole game. They’re quite a strong side and have had a few decent wins.”

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