A POOR start sparked a convincing comeback as Terang and District preserved its unbeaten start to its 17 and under Western Regional State League campaign.
The Kate Lindsey-coached side came from seven goals down at quarter-time to beat Warrnambool City 51-41 at The Arc last night.
The win meant the young side, made up of mostly Terang Mortlake players, improved its record to 4-0 after four rounds of the competition.
Lindsey was upbeat about the display post-match but was disappointed with the first term after placing an emphasis on starting well.
“They are unbeaten so far, which is a very good start to the season,” she said.
“The last three weeks we’ve wanted to play four consistent quarters and we were down by seven at quarter-time.
“That was simply because we were playing into their hands, we were playing their game.”
Lindsey brought Alicia Blain on to wing attack and Beth O’Sullivan to wing defence for the second term.
But she said the change in fortunes came about because the teenagers started to “play our game”.
“We just started playing as a team. We didn’t panic when we had a turnover, we got the ball back and played smart netball,” she said.
A rib injury to Warrnambool City dynamo Chloe Pulling, who had pulled off a host of intercepts early, also contributed to the momentum swing.
Jo Couch (26 goals) and Sharni Moloney (25 goals) led the scoring, while the defence also stepped up the longer the match went on.
Kate O’Meara shot 25 goals for Warrnambool City and was lively throughout.
Lindsey said she believed the Terang and District side was capable of going deep in the finals series “but they have a couple of tough matches ahead”.
In other 17 and under matches last night, Hampden Green defeated Colac and District 43-37 and Warrnambool and District claimed the points against Camperdown Night 43-34.