ELMORE Netball Club went into the weekend’s game depleted missing 11 senior players in the match-up against Lockington-Bamawm United.
The result was a second A grade loss in the Heathcote and District Netball League as the Bloods went down to the Cats 21-53.
The Bloods struggled to feed the ball into the ring but coach Kristine Rosaia said once it was in the hands of their reliable goalers they were able to hit the scoreboard.
‘‘We didn’t give our goalers enough opportunity under the ring,’’ Rosaia said.
‘‘It’s something we’ve been working to consolidate at trainings we just need to bring it to our games.’’
More players return this week to take on Colbinabbin, who will be another formidable opponent, including defenders Isabel Nichol-Smith and Kelsey Niven.
Gabby Rosaia was still out with a broken finger and it was unsure when she would return.
Players from the A grade team ended up taking the court for six-quarters throughout the day, playing A reserve also, which proved testing on the bodies.
It was Ally Rosaia’s first time playing A grade and she stepped up to the challenge producing a strong performance which she can only learn and improve from.
‘‘Lockington’s defence down the court was quite strong,’’ Rosaia said.
‘‘But our girls all stood up and were positive which was great to see.
‘‘They all had really good attitudes despite the scoreline and we’ll continue to work hard on the areas we need to improve on at trainings to take into the next game.’’
Elmore wasn’t utilising its opportunities throughout the game, with the Cats proving a stronger outfit on the day to win by 32.
Rosaia said they would again be setting internal goals for the game against Colbinabbin.
‘‘Colbinabbin are a strong club and have been for a long time,’’ she said.
‘‘We know it’s going to be another difficult week and we’re hoping to be competitive.’’
The coach added there was plenty of promise coming through the senior and junior ranks with B reserve winning at the weekend and the under 17s producing another solid game to sit on top of the ladder.
‘‘The under 15s are also working hard together,’’ Rosaia said.
‘‘We even fielded a primary team this week which was great to see.’’
The primary team is still in search of players each week and any budding netballers in grade 2-6 looking to play can contact Sheryn McCormick on 0437 322 452.
Trainings are on Wednesday nights with games played Saturday morning.
- Jess Gledhill