THE race for finals in the Heathcote and District Netball League continued to take shape on Saturday as Leitchville-Gunbower comfortably handled Heathcote 61-36.
With nothing but a handy win expected against a winless Heathcote side, the Bombers took an early lead at their Gunbower courts, and consistently built their advantage to run away with the win.
The win kept LG inside the top five of the congested HDNL ladder, with third through sixth all on seven wins after round 14.
Coach Jodie Lake was pleased with the win, keeping her side well in the hunt for finals.
‘‘It was a pretty easy win in the end; we had two players out and we weren’t sure what our line-up would look like,’’ she said.
‘‘There was a little bit of unknown for us, so we were pretty happy with the margin.’’
It wasn’t all easy for the Bombers, only ahead by eight goals at half-time, with Heathcote still right in the contest.
But a hot third quarter saw them take over the game and allowed them to run away with the win.
‘‘We didn’t drop our heads, we just kept soldiering on,’’ Lake said.
‘‘We kept our cool right through the game and that was the defining thing in the end.’’
The Bombers could also thank some brilliant shooting from goalers Jordy Holman and Victoria Weaver for helping them get across the line.
‘‘Our shooters were really on song; Jordy had about 18 goals in the third quarter alone and she was on fire all day,’’ Lake said.
‘‘Tori was also shooting really well, to have the do that definitely helps a lot.’’
The LG coach was impressed with the opposition who played better than an 0-13 record would suggest.
‘‘They were competitive, they just let their heads drop in that second half and that was detrimental to their efforts,’’ Lake said.
‘‘They’ve done the right and they’re headed in the right direction after a few changes.’’
Next weekend’s game with Huntly is massive, with both sides desperate to win. With the teams ranked fourth and fifth, the winner will be a big step closer to sealing a finals position while the loser will have it’s work cut out. Huntly went down 33-57 on Saturday to undefeated Colbinabbin.