SCORE: Colac District Netball League 53 d Kyabram District Netball League 41
The cards did not fall in Kyabram District’s favour on Saturday.
Coach Fiona Down and her interleague charges made the trip to Colac with little knowledge of their opponent.
But at the end of the day the visitors knew all too well how damaging the Colac outfit was across the court.
‘‘Colac are a very strong, polished side,’’ Down said.
‘‘Someone said they had been playing together since October last year and you could tell, they were very connected and unified.’’
That did not stop the visitors from giving it their all though, with Down’s charges falling just 12 goals short of parity when the final siren sounded.
‘‘I was very proud of the girls,’’ Down said.
‘‘Colac were tall and very strong, but I’m really proud of how the girls stood up to the challenge.
‘‘Twelve goals behind a pretty good team is a good effort considering we’ve only been together a couple of weeks.’’
Down, who received the medal for best Kyabram District player on the court, thought her entire roster held their own, but singled out the efforts of three in particular.
‘‘The whole team worked tirelessly, but the defensive end had to be on their toes all day,’’ Down said.
‘‘Sarah Weidemann was very good back there.
‘‘Lisa Crosier in centre and Bianca Willis in goal attack played the whole game, which was a good job in a fast-paced game.’’
Down felt the clash was good experience for her charges, no matter the final score.
‘‘All of the girls I think had very good patches throughout the game,’’ she said.
‘‘Unfortunately the loss sucks, but I’m not disappointed at all.’’
●The Kyabram District’s youngest netballers also tackled Colac on Saturday and will benefit greatly from the interleague experience.
In the 15-and-under division, Kyabram came up against a well-oiled Colac machine and fell to a 71-17 defeat.
The 17-and-under clash was a lower-scoring affair, but the visitors remained on the losing end of the scoreboard in the 46-12 result.