Barooga opens account with comprehensive win

May 09, 2018

Dominant: Barooga defender Sarah Bruce was one of her team's best against Nathalia. Photo: Holly Curtis.

Barooga’s A-grade netball side finally sparked its season to life with a comprehensive 56-23 win over Nathalia.

With both teams winless heading into the clash, they were desperate to get their seasons back on track and it was Barooga that had all the answers, piling on the goals while limiting the Purples’ offence.

‘‘We knew they hadn’t won a game either but at the same time we weren’t going to take them lightly because our own form obviously had not been great coming into the game,’’ Barooga co-coach Taylah Hazelman said.

The biggest thing the Hawks had to avoid if they wanted to win their first match of the season was any sort of complacency.

‘‘Our focus coming into the game was our mindset and we knew we needed to be ready to go and willing to put four good quarters together, which is something we have struggled with all season,’’ Hazelman said.

Unlike previous weeks, the Hawks were able to dictate the tempo of the game and put their opponents out of the contest early, not giving Nathalia the slightest sniff of a comeback.

‘‘We really wanted to come out on to the court and start well and put ourselves in a position that would set us up for the rest of the game and thankfully that was what we were able to do,’’ Hazelman said.

Barooga’s improved form could largely be put down to its defensive work, according to the coach.

‘‘Once we got some turnovers and rebounds, we were able to take the ball down the court and capitalise, which was really pleasing,’’ she said.

Barooga turns its attention to Shepparton East this weekend in another must-win match if the Hawks want to keep their season trending north.

‘‘I think every game is going to be tough this year,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘We can’t take any game lightly and from here on in we need to be winning as many games as possible in order to make the top eight.’’

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