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Oh, so close, but no cigar for 31-all result

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April 18, 2018

A RARE result in the Heathcote and District Netball League saw Leitchville-Gunbower and Elmore draw 31-all.

A RARE result in the Heathcote and District Netball League saw Leitchville-Gunbower and Elmore draw 31-all.

The Bombers travelled away to Elmore for the match on Saturday for round two of the HDFNL season.

Leitchville-Gunbower A grade player Kate Donehue said her side were perhaps lucky to escape with a draw at the final whistle.

‘‘It doesn’t happen too often in the league and I think we were probably lucky in the end to get away with a draw.

‘‘We went into the last quarter with a small lead and we just couldn’t keep our composure throughout the last,’’ she said.

Before the final quarter the Bombers had the edge, but a few goals dropping at the start if the last stanza saw momentum begin to swing in the favour of the home side.

‘‘Going into the last quarter it had been fairly even, we seemed to have a little more of an edge, but in the last they just wanted the win a bit more,’’ she said.

In a Bombers side with only two players remaining at the club from the 2017 season, the team has had to adapt to a new playing style quickly during pre-season.

‘‘We’re a fairly new side. From the team last year there are only two that have stayed here together since last year and they’re our two attackers.

‘‘We’re still all learning how each other plays. We’re also very lucky to be playing and training together as one squad with the A reserves, so I feel that we’re really strong across both teams,’’ Donehue said.

That training regime means the A grade and A reserve coaches have a much larger pool of players to choose from each week, she said.

‘‘We as a club are trying to find a balance between the two sides and figuring out who works well with each other,’’ Donehue said.

This Saturday sees Leitchville-Gunbower play host to Heathcote — a side Donehue described as being unpredictable — and therefore dangerous — this year.

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