Kyabram’s mini-streak of two weeks has come to an end

By Lachlan Durling

KYABRAM’S mini-streak of two weeks has come to an end.

Travelling to Tatura took it out of the Bombers A graders, who were defeated 16-40.

Co-coach Holly Butler said it was disappointing they didn’t make the most of their opportunity in the second quarter.

“Tat came out firing and we weren’t playing as strong as we could have been. There was room for improvement across the court,” Butler said.

“We made some rotations in the second quarter and managed to close the gap to about seven goals, there were some moments in the second and third quarter which really stood out but full credit goes to Tatura.

Butler said a major issue for the girls was their lack of ability to sustain their efforts for the full term.

“They showed us what four quarters of good netball looks like and we could definitely take a leaf out of their book,” Butler said.

“Lauren and Shani were in defence and gave us ample opportunities to score and close the gap but we just couldn’t convert those.”

Tatura came out firing and were able to continue to dominate across the court, expanding the seven-goal gap considerably in the third and last terms with a strong defence and some quick goals.

“Tatura’s defence was very physical, we weren’t really expecting it and it was a lot different to what we’ve experienced this year,” Butler said.

“It was a defender’s game, both sides were getting great turnovers. We had a good chance to prove ourselves but I think our performance left us wanting more from ourselves last week.”

Experience in fellow coach Shani Clark proved vital, starting in centre and moving to wing defence, Butler said it’s incredible to see her strength and versatility on the court.

But if there’s one lesson the Bombers girls have learnt from last week it’s making the most of their opportunities.

“The hardest thing is that we have a lot of the ball but we’re just not chasing those opportunities. We need to focus on keeping possession of the ball and converting,” Butler said.

“There are little mistakes in our play that shouldn’t be happening — it’s something that comes with experience.

“For some girls it’s their first time in a GV League team and it is a big challenge, our main goal has been to improve week to week.

“So there are always aspects of each week’s game that we can’t walk away too disappointed about.”

This week the Bombers travel to Seymour and Butler said it’ll be a tough day.

“I’m expecting it to be a physical match, they have some very experienced players and so we need to be ready from the start and able to put out four quarters of good netball together,” she said.