HAMPDEN White made it two-from-two in Western Regional State League netball last night, notching up another big win.
Hampden was a force to be reckoned with in its 49-31 win over Warrnambool City, with strong defence, swift ball movements and pinpoint accuracy under the goals.
Hampden started the game strongly, shooting 16 in the first quarter to City’s six. Madison Smedts, playing centre, was dominant for Hampden, seemingly covering every inch of the court with ease.
Sarah Jacobs was brilliant in wing defence for City and Katie Burt’s accuracy under the goals saved a bigger blowout, with Hampden’s Kasey Owen working hard as goal keeper.
Hampden dominated the second quarter with swift movements through the mid-court. It added 15 goals to lead 31-13 at the main break.
Hampden’s shooting duo of Jaymie Finch and Sharnie Moloney rarely missed a shot, despite strong pressure from City defenders Jordyn Billings and Gen O’Connor.
Wasted opportunities in the mid-court and strong defensive work from City’s Billings and wing defence Melissa Burt prevented Hampden blowing the scoreline out further.
City moved Billings into the centre and Sarah Jacobs into goal defence for the third term, while Melissa Burt was rested.
Hampden continued its dominance in the third quarter adding a further 12 shots to lead 43-23 at the last change.
Smedts sat the final term out with Lisa Couch moving into the centre.
Couch was effective in driving the ball to Hampden’s scoring end where Finch and Moloney were again unstoppable.
Hampden coach Stacey O’Sullivan praised the work of Finch and Moloney
“It’s a big win. I think they will be one of the strong teams,” she said.
“Jaymie and Sharnie were the difference. Their accuracy under strong pressure was what kept us in front.
“Everyone played well. It was a great game.”
In other open grade matches Hampden Green defeated Hamilton Night 44-34 and in the closest match of the round, Colac had its first win of the competition, defeating Warrnambool District 41-40.
In 17 and under games played last night, Colac District defeated Warrnambool District 46-38, Warrnambool City had a big win over Hampden Green 57-29 and Camperdown easily accounted for Hampden White 44-24.