A WIN in Saturday’s Central Highlands Netball A Grade for Springbank against Ballan, has them in second place behind Learmonth.
Springbank coach Cynna Kydd described it as a ‘scruffy, messy game’ but one they were very pleased to win. A good combination in the centre of the court of Amy Conroy (wing defence), Kelly Conroy (centre) and Thea Hinchcliffe (wing attack) kept the ball moving towards the goal ring, which were successfully converted to goals by Cynna Kydd and Leanne Birkett.
“The ball was getting pushed down the court and there was always someone there – usually Kelly, who played state league championships just recently, so I think having that experience has really helped her play the court,” Kydd said. “We were a bit unsure in a few stages but we worked through it, which was good.
“We lead from the start, which is always good and it’s nice to have that buffer.” With Krista Woodroffe and Amy Conroy jumping ship from Ballan to Springbank, the game was just a little bit of a grudge match but Ballan Coach Noni McClure conceded they were beaten by a very good team.
“They are a very solid team, very fast and they know each other very well,” she said. “I would say Learmonth is the toughest team we have come up against, Springbank and Learmonth are the teams to beat in this competition this year.”
Ballan have not been playing too bad, either. “It’s only our second loss for the year but we have some work to do because there is a big gap between the bottom half and top half of the ladder and we are in that mix in the top half, we just have to take the next step,” McClure added.
“We are a new formed team so we have some new girls and are still getting used to each other, how we play, so they (Krista and Amy) would have been handy to have. “We have a lot to learn from Saturday’s game and onwards and upwards for next week.”