April 17, 2017

LBU's Paige Randall goes for goal against Elmore at Lockington Reserve on Saturday.

LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United’s A grade has taken out the annual Bendigo Bank Cup after downing Elmore at Lockington Reserve on Saturday.

The Cats came away with a 53-21 victory despite having three of their key players out in Sarah Eade and Brooke Gillies (both away) and Jane Reid (injured).

Eade and Gillies were expected back this week against Heathcote and coach Kristy Roulston said she was looking forward to having an almost full-strength side back.

‘‘We’ll be going into this week’s game really positive after a win (on Saturday),’’ Roulston said.

‘‘We know we can play a strong brand of netball and hopefully that will get us another win.’’

LBU and Elmore were both playing with an undermanned senior squad for round two with 11 of the Bloods players out across the board.

The defensive end combined well, keeping the Bloods to just 21 goals despite having one of their strongest defenders out.

The team produced a damaging whole-court pressure throughout the game to cause several turnovers — especially in defence where the Bloods struggled to feed into the ring.

Paige Randall and Georgie Gibbs returned for their first game of the season.

‘‘It made a massive difference with Paige back, she was incredibly accurate in the goal ring and works into the game play,’’ Roulston said.

‘‘We’ll be working on our defence through the mid-court and getting our combinations right this week.’’

The win puts them in good stead ahead of round three against Heathcote on Saturday who are 0-2 from the first two rounds against North Bendigo and White Hills.

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