WHILE it was a disappointing loss, Kyabram co-coach Holly Butler believes the girls have a good foundation to build on.
And the Bombers are seeing the positives from the weekend’s 27-49 learning exercise against a more experienced Shepparton Swans side.
“The on-court feel was a lot different to what the final score reflected, it didn’t feel like we were down by so much,” Butler said.
“Full credit to everyone for their competitiveness, the Swans are a fairly good side to come up against as they have a lot of experienced players and some good young talent.”
Butler said the fresh-faced Bombers held up well under pressure and maintained some good movement through the court.
“It was a good challenge, the girls learnt a lot and it really tested the character of the team,” she said.
“It’s a testament to our side that we didn’t drop our heads but kept going throughout.
“Our second and fourth quarters were probably our strongest, and we found some really good passages of play through the court.”
The girls found themselves in possession of the Gilbert for the majority of the game, but Butler said the side wasn’t making the most of their opportunities.
“It felt like a good character. We had a lot of the ball throughout the game so I think it’s just working on keeping it and avoiding the turnovers, which cost us a few goals,” she said.
Best on went to Shani Clark for her four-quarter slog in centre and Lara Cunningham helped to make life difficult on the court for the Swans.
With Heidi Morris away, Emma Roberts and Madi Fitzgerald were the go-to players in goals.
“It took a while for them to get in the game but they really managed to set a pace. After they worked through the nerves they put in a good performance,” Butler said.
This week the Bombers face Shepp Bears in what Butler described as a tough match.
“It’s a matter of sticking to our game structure, we expect a challenging and fairly physical match up,” she said.
“We don’t want to let them dictate how we play, we’re just building on getting towards four quarters of good netball and doing better this week to close that margin.”