Bad run dogs Cats against Hoppers

June 04, 2018

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

COLBINABBIN made light work of a struggling LBU side as the surge of the Hoppers continues.

The Cats were punished by the home side in a crushing 46-goal loss on Saturday.

Colbo dominated the match from the outset, showing the hapless opposition why they are on the top rung on the Heathcote and District Netball League ladder.

Going into the match Amanda Walker’s side was hopeful of recording back to back wins after winning against Heathcote by six goals the week before.

But it was not to be — the Hoppers laid claim to all loose balls and made the most of sloppy turnovers in the first quarter to have a commanding lead even before the Cats realised what had hit them.

To add insult to injury, a key Cats player — goal defender Rebecca Eade — ‘‘popped out’’ her shoulder in the third quarter and played no further part in the match.

Cats coach Walker said she hoped that Eade would be able to see a physio in the week and be all right to play in the next round against Leitchville-Gunbower.

The Bombers have had a similarly poor start to the campaign, with a win, five losses and a draw seeing them just two spots above wooden spooners, the Cats.

Walker said if a few more things had gone right in the first quarter it would have set her team up much better for the game.

‘‘We had a really slow first quarter and went behind early,’’ Walker said.

‘‘The next three I was really happy with. We had good clearances and got the ball into space and kept it with good hands as well.

‘‘There were a lot of positives to take out of yesterday,’’ she said.

Walker said the Bombers-Cats game means a lot to the two sides and LBU wants to be the side to come out the better on Saturday.

‘‘We’ll both be wanting it,’’ she said.

‘‘And I think we’ll look at it as a game we really want. If we can play four quarters we can give them a run.

‘‘Hopefully (Bec Eade) will be okay for this week.

‘‘She’s the one with the height down our defensive end.

‘‘I thought Bec Dodd was best on for me, we had to throw her around the court and she played pretty well in all of those.’’

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