LBU closing in on first win of 2018

April 16, 2018

Rebecca Eade of LBU during the HDFNL A grade netball match between LBU and Huntly. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Claudia Callagher of LBU during the HDFNL A grade netball match between LBU and Huntly. Photo by Luke Hemer.

LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United is on the verge of a win, their coach insists.

Saturday’s match against Huntly ended in agonising fashion for Cats fans as the home side fell six goals short of a result.

The Hawks’ 37-43 victory came about through a stellar third quarter on a day that had most spectators ducking for cover in the stands.

LBU head coach Amanda Walker said it poured with rain during the A reserves match, but cleared up by the time the A grade took to the court.

After the Cats’ round one loss to Mt Pleasant in the Heathcote and District Netball League, the side suffered back to back losses on Saturday.

The Cats made it difficult for themselves after being level at half time.

‘‘The first half we worked well, we made a lot of space and our passes were really good. We worked really well, and in the third quarter we fell over and Huntly’s shooting accuracy was too good.

‘‘We had to work harder and weren’t converting down the court, we gave them too much space, and went into the final quarter 12 goals down,’’ Walker said.

The Cats did pull six goals back in the final stanza, but it was not enough to secure the four points.

‘‘That let us down, their heads were up and the girls worked extra hard in the final quarter . . . if we had another five minutes I reckon we would have got (the win).

‘‘Our shooting accuracy went up in the final quarter and we shut them down well. I thought our defence worked particularly well,’’she said.

And it does not get any easier for LBU. On Saturday the Cats will face last year’s grand finalists White Hills away from home.

Walker said an away day to White Hills is a concern for any team, as they were one of the best teams in the competition last season.

‘‘That is a big concern for us, any day you go to White Hills it’s a tough one. I hope we can match their play and hope to match their shooting percentage. That will be pleasing if we can do that,’’ Walker said.

Wing attack Bec Dodd was awarded best on court for the Cats for a strong performance in the mid court and wings.

The LBU-White Hills match will be held at Tint-A-Car Oval in White Hills from 2.45pm on Saturday.

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