Polished Bears end Bombers’ finals hopes

By Holly Tregenza

IT WAS another winless week for the Kyabram netballers, with Shepparton knocking them out of the finals race with a firm 38-23 loss on Saturday.

The Bombers managed to somewhat hold their ground in the first half with an 7-11 first term and trailed 13-18 at the half.

But the bulk of the damage was done in the third and fourth terms as the Bears blew the margin out to 15 goals.

And while the Bombers were kept to just 23 goals, acting coach and player Ash Mangan said the score didn’t reflect the level of play from her side.

‘‘While there was good defensive pressure from both Ky and Shepp, the Bears controlled attacking allowing them to take the lead at the end of the first quarter,’’ she said.

‘‘Emma Ryan covered the ring intensely making the Shepp goalers earn every possession.

‘‘The Shepp GK kept Ellie Groves contained in the wings which hurt our scoreboard.’’

Shepparton coach Tracey Brereton agreed.

‘‘It was a good win, I think Ky is a good side and their results don’t show quite how good they are,’’ Brereton said.

‘‘Every area clicked, probably our defensive end is always a strong asset and we always expect a lot out of it.’’

Mangan said inaccurate shooting also cost her side.

‘‘The inaccuracy stopped us from keeping up and to come back was a very difficult task,’’ she said.

‘‘The Bears gave consistent strong drives through the mid court, clean drives and court set ups that allowed the team to transition quickly from defence to attack.’’

The Bombers will have a rest with a general bye this Saturday. Their next opponent will be Rochester, who is sitting just below finals at number seven on the ladder.