Hampden’s experience shines through

THERE was nothing green about Hampden Green’s round four Western Regional State League netball win last night.

Looking like a team with much more than just four weeks’ experience, it worked together as a tight unit to out-do Warrnambool and District 56-25.

Hampden dominated from the start, leading 15-6 at the first break. 

Hampden’s court coverage was second-to-none and it moved the ball around with fury, despite Warrnambool and District’s best efforts to slow the pace down and take control.

Hampden goal shooter Rachael Dobson and Lisa Couch in goal attack were on song, rarely missing a shot despite aggressive pressure from Warrnambool and District goal keeper Lisa Anders.

They continued their dominance in the second term, adding another 17 goals in a fast-paced term to lead 32-12 at half-time.

Hampden goal keeper Emily Batt made it tough for Warrnambool and District goal shooter Stephanie Jamieson and goal attack Steph Townsend, using her height to stop the ball moving into the shooting range.

Wing defence Chloe Pulling was also instrumental, getting hands on the ball and driving it back to Hampden’s shooting end via centre Kate Foster and wing attack Jacquie Bowman.

Hampden centre Carly Pulling was a force to be reckoned with in the third term and, despite the best efforts of Warrnambool and District’s Kelly Plozza, was unstoppable.

Hampden ran away with the game in the third quarter, shooting 11 goals to four to lead 43-16 at the last change.

Play was stopped early in the final term after Jamieson went down with a knee injury and was subbed off. Liz Fowler was brought on in her place.

Hampden coach Pam Davis said she was very pleased with her young side’s performance.

She said the defensive pressure across the court was the difference.

“Emily (Batt) was brilliant in the first half. She was there at all the right times,” Davis said.

“It’s really pleasing to see the young players working so well with the more experienced girls.

“We have a lot of girls under 20 and then we have Kate (Foster) up one end, Emily (Batt) at the other and Jacqui (Bowman) in the centre. It was a very pleasing win.”

In the other open grade match, Warrnambool City defeated Colac and District, 40-28.

Undefeated side Hampden White had the night off after Hamilton forfeited last night’s match.

In under 17 action last night, Warrnambool City had a big win over Camperdown Night 50-24, Hampden Green defeated Warrnambool and District 58-35 and Hampden White had an easy victory over Colac and District, 39-19.

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