PICOLA United secured its maiden win in the first round of the Picola and District Netball League, 28 goals clear of Mathoura.
United snagged the 60-32 win away from home, in a score line that head coach Leesa Hooppell said didn’t necessarily reflect the effort the two sides put in to the match.
‘‘Mathoura recruited very well in the off season and the score line didn’t reflect how the game was played I think,’’ Hooppell said.
‘‘It looks like it was an easy win for us, but the girls had to work hard for the win until about the third quarter, and then we kind of ran away with it in the end.
‘‘But they’re a good team and the score line doesn’t really reflect the match we saw out there.’’
Hooppell said the side was all smiles following the final whistle.
‘‘It was great to get that result first up and good to see the girls so stoked after the game,’’ she said.
‘‘The girls said it was good to come away with the win. They were pretty relieved actually because it was so hot on the day.’’
Unfortunately for United, the side must now wait an extra week for round two, as it has the bye before facing Strathmerton on April 21.
But Hooppell said her side would have much preferred a bye later in the season, rather than in its opening rounds.
‘‘We’re very happy with the performance, it’s just a shame we can’t keep the momentum going,’’ she said.
‘‘It would have also been nice to have another game before we face Strathmerton. They will be tough and they’re a great side to play against, they’re always fair and a very skillful bunch of girls,’’ she said.
Hooppell said the two week break does lend a chance to work on changes to her side, ensuring they are ready for Strathmerton.
‘‘Hopefully with training we can begin to work on a few small things so when we face them we can bring it to them. It will be nice to play them at home too,’’ she said.
Hooppell said Emma Greaves, Leslee Grame and Danni Manacke led the pack on Saturday.
‘‘Emma just hit the ring and fed the shooters all day. And Leslee and Danni got a lot of deflections and interceptions. For a first game with new players I was very happy,’’ she said.