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Devil of a time against Demons

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August 07, 2017

Phillipa Hodge throws the ball down court for Leitchville-Gunbower

WHITE Hills proved too strong for Leitchville-Gunbower in Saturday’s A grade Heathcote and District Netball League action, taking a 19-goal win at the Tint-a-Car Oval.

The Bombers entered the contest looking to lock up a position in the HDNL finals, having been locked in a battle with rival Lockington-Bamawm for fifth spot on the ladder for some weeks.

But the Demons, who went into the game with a 12-2 record having lost only to undefeated Colbinabbin, had enough to see off their challenge and win 54-35.

LG coach Jodie Lake said the strong Demons’ line-up had brought the best out of her side despite the disappointing result.

‘‘We always knew they were one of the flag favourites and it was going to be a tough game, but for my girls, it was one of the best games they’ve played for the season,’’ she said.

‘‘Against high quality opposition you have to step up, and that’s exactly what we did.

‘‘I was pretty pleased, even though 19 goals seems like a lot.’’

The Bombers went in without playing-coach Lake and goaler Jordy Holman, but produced a strong game despite the missing talents.

‘‘The team was thrown into chaos a bit, and we weren’t able to play our style or set up how we’d like to,’’ Lake said.

‘‘But the girls kept a level head and that was really good to see from a coaching point of view.

‘‘We did what we had to do, and tried to just make it hard for the opposition.’’

LG had two players in their second games for the day, stepping up from A reserve to cover the missing players.

Pip Hodge also exited the game with an ankle injury, and the tired LG legs showed in the second-half as the Demons ran away with the contest.

Lake said White Hills played like their strong ladder position would indicate.

‘‘They’re slick, their ball movement down the court is great, they always knew what the next step should be going up the court,’’ she said.

‘‘They’ve also got lots of height, they’re tall in the mid-court not just in attack.

‘‘Their shooting accuracy was great, they didn’t miss many and they’re really well-oiled defensively, where we have a few new combinations.’’

With multiple injuries at the wrong time of the season, Lake said the side’s strong depth would need to show itself in next weekend’s clash with LBU before potentially in finals.

The Bombers need to avoid a loss of around 30 goals to be assured of a position in the finals.

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