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Hard work is paying off for Bombers

By Lachlan Durling

DESPITE a slow start to the day, the Kyabram A grade netball team managed to pull away from Euroa on Saturday in a final-quarter tussle, ending on top 36-31.

The Bombers’ fourth win for the season has them on a high this week as they get ready for a round-three rematch with Benalla.

“It was really good to come away with the win,” co-coach Holly Butler said.

‘‘It’s good reinforcement and shows that the hard work we’ve been putting in each week is paying off.

“It was a challenging game but in the second half we managed to lift.”

Heidi Morris was moved from goals in the third quarter and helped drive the ball down the midcourt, which proved fruitful for the Bombers.

“We were still down in the third quarter but it never felt like we were going to lose. We stayed together and never dropped our heads,” Butler said.

Lara Cunningham earned the coach’s praise for her seamless shift into wing attack and her ability to get the ball moving.

“It was a high pressure game and for a young player it was great to see such a high level of composure and ball delivery under strain,” Butler said.

But it was praise all across the court, with Butler saying the young Bombers had learnt from their mistakes and knew to keep a level head.

“Usually when it’s a situation like that we end up making silly mistakes but last weekend the girls worked together and didn’t get caught up in that pressure,” Butler said.

“The main takeaway is that the hard work has been paying off, we played two quarters of brilliant netball and hopefully we can continue to expand on that.”

Fellow coaches Shani Clark and Lauren Pryde provided impressive defence and drive on the court while Madi Fitzgerald, Heidi Morris and Emma Roberts played their part in goals.

This week Butler is hoping to continue the momentum and the confidence as they host Benalla in what should be a competitive game.