Injuries hamper LBU

By Brayden May

THE ONLY way is up for Lockington-Bamawm United’s netballers after another tough loss.

In a game which had been labelled as ‘‘season defining’’ by captain Carlie Jones, the Cats were below their best as North Bendigo ran out 16-goal winners.

Injuries have played a big part in LBU’s inability to put together a consistent season and it only became worse on Saturday as Jones suffered from hamstring troubles.

‘‘We need consistent player availabilities if we are going to continue to build,’’ coach Rylea Cuttriss said.

‘‘Injuries aren’t an excuse for our performance, but they do play a role in what you are able to do.

‘‘The club as a whole is looking forward to getting players back — because it filters right throughout the grades.’’

While it was another frustrating day on the court for LBU, Cuttriss found plenty of positives for her side.

The Cats defence was at an exceptionally high level throughout the game as North struggled to make easy passes, despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise.

‘‘We continued to pressure the ball, even when the game was lost,’’ Cuttriss said.

‘‘The ball movement and speed across the court gives us plenty to work with moving forward.

‘‘I could never question the commitment and endeavour our players show.’’

Next up for LBU is a clash against rivals Elmore, in a match which looks set to be regarded of form.

‘‘In the past our matches have always thrown up plenty of surprises,’’ Cuttriss explained.

‘‘Hopefully we can take another step forward and get our second win.

‘‘The girls deserve some reward for all the hard work they put in.’’