LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER’S A grade netball side is starting to find its groove following a 17-goal landslide at North Bendigo Reserve on Saturday.
The Bombers slow start didn’t seem to impact the result, downing North Bendigo 45-28 to maintain third position on the ladder.
Teams were on par in the first half with Leitchville-Gunbower only up by one goal at quarter-time, 10-9, before gaining a slight lead in second quarter.
They went into the third quarter leading 21-17 owing to accurate goaling from Jordy Holman who shot 16 goals in the first half.
Meg Dye came on into WA in the third quarter which coach Jodie Lake felt enabled the side to take off.
‘‘We looked to be on the back foot in the first half,’’ Lake said.
‘‘Meg provided a lot of drive down the court and really linked our defence and attack end which made a huge different in the third quarter.
‘‘WA is the most important position on the court; it’s really vital in creating that driving force.’’
The Bulldogs were kept to just three goals in the third quarter while the Bombers added 14 to lead by 15 goals at the final break.
Tahli Brereton and Lake combined well in defence to shut down the Bulldogs’ attack and the team’s intensity followed into the fourth quarter.
‘‘We were stronger in general play and our transitions were smooth coming down the court,’’ Lake said.
‘‘We’ve been working on making those hard drives onto the ball at trainings and that showed in the game.
‘‘It helped having everyone at training this week, we really ramped it up and worked on our weaknesses and improved on our strengths.’’
Getting wins on the board early gave the Bombers a boost in knowing they could come together as a team on Saturday to get across the line.
‘‘Hopefully we can keep the ball rolling for the rest of the season,’’ Lake said.
‘‘We have a tough game coming up against White Hills which will test us.
‘‘We’re still trying to find the best combinations on the court and get our systems right.
‘‘Making sure we’re more aggressive at the ball will also be crucial against White Hills.’’