In the north-west Picola District Netball League division’s stand-alone season opener, Strathmerton had a comfortable victory over Picola United.
The travelling Bulldogs gave United the blues to the tune of 19 goals in what shaped as a contest between two of the more promising sides of the competition, but in reality was a one-sided affair.
The final score was 47-28 in favour of Strathmerton
Players worked hard with pressure all over the court, resulting in numerous taps and turnovers.
Goalers capitalised on this, rewarding everyone for their hard work and setting up for a strong win.
Co-coaches Amy Carter and Georgia Ryan said it was great to have a win first up.
‘‘We have a very versatile team with lots of changes and everyone working hard, and it was great to see everyone clicking together.’’
A versatile B-grade team also took honours at the final siren, 54-31, but the final two senior sides couldn’t quite get over the line, C-grade losing to Picola by three, 39-36, and C-reserve losing by just one goal in a strongly contested match, 22-21.
●Waaia has drawn first blood in the Picola District Netball League south-east after easily accounting for Katunga by 30 goals on Saturday.
In a stand-alone season opener ahead of round one proper this week, the Bombers absorbed pressure well early before running out 63-33 victors.
‘‘It was just a really good solid team win, we played all nine girls,’’ Waaia coach Nikki Foster said.
‘‘We went goal-for-goal to start with, but in the end we had the legs and they didn’t.’’
Foster said the match between last season’s second and third sides was much tighter than it looked on paper, despite the huge margin.