Hoppers rejoice in third flag unveiling

April 10, 2018

Elizabeth Cobbledick of Colbinabbin during the HDFNL A grade netball match between Colbinabbin and Elmore. Photo by Luke Hemer.

THE unfurling of the premiership flag is a proud moment for every club to celebrate its great achievement of the previous season.

On Saturday night, Colbinabbin’s A grade netball team celebrated its third straight flag by thumping Elmore to the tune of 33 goals.

And coach Liz Cobbledick could not have been happier.

‘‘We were really excited to come away with the win in a really good start to the season,’’ Cobbledick said.

Cobbledick said the team was always desperate to produce its best performances early in the season to set the tone for the year going forward.

‘‘There is always a lot of excitement around round one, I actually think I get more nervous before round one than before some finals because we want to set a good standard,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a great day for our girls to get to unfurl the flag. We’ve won three in a row now so it’s something very special to our club that we really want to celebrate the best way possible.’’

With a number of A grade players either unavailable or injured, the side turned to the sister of a club star.

‘‘Jacqueline Dupuy, who is Louise’s sister but lives interstate was at home visiting, so we were lucky that she was able to fill in on the day. In the end she was best on court for us, so not a bad ring in.

‘‘I think it’s pretty rare for a lot of people that they get to play with their sister, so it’s a pretty great opportunity for the two girls get to get to play together on the weekend and to be a part of a winning side.’’

Cobbledick spoke highly of the teams opposition Elmore.

‘‘There is always a lot of unknown about how the game would go,’’ Cobbledick said.

‘‘Credit to Elmore, they’ve got a new coach and some new players. You could tell watching them that they will be a very good side as time goes on.’’

The team now turns its attention to next weeks match against Heathcote.

Cobbledick said the club would continue to use early rounds to find their best combination for the year.

‘‘We are still experimenting with what will be our best combination and line up going forward for this season, so hopefully in the next few weeks we have locked that down and we can build towards a really good end to the season.’’

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