LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United A grade has given Leitchville-Gunbower a tight contest on Sunday in the Heathcote and District Netball League.
The Bombers showed their endurance in the final quarter to come away as 21-goal victors, securing their place at fifth on the ladder, after scores were level at three-quarter time.
Their attack end was given a small window of opportunity with LBU defender Jane Reid coming off in the last quarter.
The Cats were holding onto a goal lead in the first quarter, 12-11 at the break, and continued to go goal-for-goal during the second to be 22-21 at half-time.
Paige Randall returned to create a strong target in the Cats’ goal ring and was rewarded with precision feeding from Stacy Bacon in wing attack.
Sarah Eade was a stand out in centre and showed great vision in brining the ball down the court.
Randall goaled with stunning accuracy to keep LBU’s noses in front, combining well with Trinity Keath in goal shooter.
But defender Tahli Brereton was up to the task, reading the play well and taking several intercepts which goal shooter Jordy Holman rewarded, equally as prominent in the Bombers goal circle to score 39 for the game.
Randall rebounded strongly in the third quarter against a taller Brereton to have a three-goal lead mid-way through the quarter, but accurate goaling from the Bombers levelled the scores.
They outscored the Cats by one in the third quarter to be 32-all at the final break.
Leitchville-Gunbower’s transitions through the middle of the court was a major boost to the team, Phillipa Hodge being instrumental as centre in linking the defence end to attack and Kim Hanna used her quick passing to keep the Cats defenders on their toes.
The Cats made a minor fight back in the fourth quarter to get within five goals, but the Bombers persisted to run out the game 50-39.
LBU would take a lot of pride in their performance shown on Sunday and will take some confidence into this weekend’s game against Mount Pleasant.
They endured a 28-goal thrashing by the Mounts in the first round, but have improved drastically since and have welcomed back a number of key players to the side.
Leitchville Gunbower will face top of the table Colbinabbin away and will have to bring their best for four quarters if they’re to come away with the win.