Tough day for Hawks on the court

By Lachlan Durling

Barooga A-grade netballers sit 11th on the Murray Netball League ladder after a 52-38 loss to Finley on the weekend.

The Hawks travelled to Finley but could not steal the points away from the sixth-placed Cats who ran away with the game in the second and third quarters.

‘‘We started strong and at the end of the first quarter we were only down by about two goals, but we lapsed a bit in the second and third before a fairly even fourth quarter,’’ coach Sharni Hazelman said.

‘‘We keep falling away in some quarters each week and can’t put that four good quarters of netball together.’’

Carmen O’Dwyer was best on at goal keeper, rebounding the ball nicely for the Hawks, and Gabe Florance was given the nod for her pinpoint accuracy in goals and positivity on the court.

In the lower levels, there was good news with the B-grade side heading home with a five-goal win, 25-30, and some significant milestones in the junior ranks.

Kiara Stephens, a rock in the defence for the under-13 netballers, played her 50th club game for the Hawks.

The club said she continued to make great improvements — building on her title of most consistent from last year when she was a part of the Hawks’ undefeated under-11 team.

The Hawks will be licking their wounds, but should score an easy win this weekend in a round one rematch with the Katandra where the Hawks came away winners in both A and B-grade competitions.

With the Kats yet to have a win in the A-grade competition and only one to their name in B-grade, it is likely the Hawks will be able to come away with the points, however Hazelman was not counting her chickens.

‘‘It was a close game at the start of the season so we’re hoping to come out strong, stay positive and play our own game,’’ she said.