LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United is off the foot of the Heathcote and District Netball League ladder after securing its maiden win of the season on Saturday.
The Cats have gone the first four rounds of the year winless, coming up against seriously tough opponents in the form of Huntly, Mt Pleasant and league leaders White Hills.
But in Saturday’s match against Heathcote, all of that changed.
Amanda Walker’s team gelled quickly and settled into their work with ease in the bottom of the ladder playoff.
Loose balls were pounced upon by the Cats, and goals snatched away from the Saints — who were counter attacking in one instant, and back defending under their own hoop moments later, through quick interceptions.
Walker said she could not have been more proud of her side’s ‘‘four-quarter’’ performance.
‘‘I’m very happy, the girls played a consistent game for the first time this year,’’ Walker said.
‘‘They played a quality 15 minutes at a time for the whole game and did it well.
‘‘During the quarter breaks it was a good encouraging space when they gathered and each quarter they all got in and it was a positive talk at each break.
‘‘I felt the defensive end talked really well and swapped up their style a bit, and the defensive pressure from the attackers was very consistent throughout,’’ she said.
Walker said the pressure acoss the court on the Saints players and their decisions impressed her, and made her feel that all the work done in preparation had been worth it.
‘‘It did feel like a lot of progress. They played some very disciplined netball, the penalty count against us was down a lot which is pleasing too,’’ she said.
This weekend brings LBU to second-placed Colbinabbin as the Cats attempt to back up the win with another.
‘‘Colbinabbin beat White Hills this week, so I think we’ll be focusing on our possession this week in training, to make sure we’re on top with that and capitalise on that.
‘‘Rebecca Eade, who is only 17, put in a great performance, and she has played with some of the Colbo girls in the interleague side, so we’re hoping for some inside information from her,’’ Walker laughed.
The Colbinabbin-LBU match starts at 2pm on Saturday away from home.