While the score may have blown out in the last quarter to suggest a heavy defeat, an undermanned Barooga could take pride in its performance against a Rumbalara side widely predicted to be one of the stronger teams in the MFNL A-grade netball competition this season.
Co-coach Taylah Hazelman said Barooga had its chances in the wet conditions but was unable to fully grasp them.
‘‘The crappy weather actually kind of worked in our favour because Rumbalara is a really fast side and it slowed the game down, which helped us stay in the match in the first half.
‘‘Unfortunately, they ran away with it in the last half and we couldn’t capitalise; we were getting the rebounds but we just couldn’t get it in the goal down the other end — and I think that was the major reason why they were able to run away with it and win by 18 goals in the end,’’ Hazelman said.
While the sky was dark at the weekend for the Hawks, there will be some light appearing soon, as they prepare to welcome back a bunch of key players during the next few weeks, including Hazelman herself, who has been battling an Achilles injury.
‘‘It is going to be a tough game against Deniliquin this week because they haven’t lost a game yet, but we should be close to full strength and hopefully we can be a bit more competitive this week,’’ she said.
‘‘Some of the girls have been playing in positions they are not used to such as Sharni (Hazelman) but for some of them this has been a good learning experience and a girl like Viv Mallows actually played her best game of the year on the weekend.’’