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Bombers reap roch reward - Kyabram gets second win on the board, but coach sees plenty of room for improvement

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June 01, 2018

Kyabram's Ebony Arnold battles Rochester's Sarah Ingram for the ball in B grade netball on the weekend.

THE Bombers netballers have notched their second win for the season, against Rochester, but co-coach Holly Butler said the girls know they still have work to do.

Coming away 36-33, the girls started strong and managed to move ahead by nine goals at one point but lost momentum in the second half.

“It’s really positive that we got the win but it felt like it wasn’t our best game, our expectations as a team are higher and we know we have things to work on,” Butler said

“We were happy with the first quarter and our focus of last week was getting four consistent quarters of netball.

“We stuck to our systems and structures in the first quarter but in the second we were slow to start and weren’t ahead that convincingly.

“Our ball speed was good across the court and it’s about seeing that first opportunity and taking it rather than waiting for one which might not ever be there.”

In the final quarter, Rochy gained momentum but Butler said the girls stayed composed as a group and didn’t let the pressure get to them.

Lauren Pryde and Bec Squires were solid performers in defence, constantly getting turnovers and rebounds, giving captain Heidi Morris in the attacking end something to work with.

Lara Cunningham in wing defence put a lot of pressure over the ball and got a lot of crucial intercepts when it mattered in that final quarter.

“Everyone played an important part and there was a lot of talk and teamwork on the court, which is great,” Butler said.

“We were happy with our win and it’s showing that our hard work is paying off.”

This week the Bombers host Mansfield and Butler has confidence in the girls.

“We’re in with a good chance to take it up to them. But we can’t get comfy after last weekend knowing we had a win, we need to work on what we can and get to the next level,” she said.

“We’re working on those little things that can be fixed and hopefully we can walk away with two wins in a row.”

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