Camperdown downs Blues, with room for improvement

CAMPERDOWN banked its first premiership points of the Hampden league A grade season on Saturday, but coach Tracey Baker wants the Magpies to string together a four-quarter effort in their next match.

The Magpies were too strong for Warrnambool at Leura Oval, winning 53-40 to send the Blues into the Easter break winless.

Camperdown bolted away to a 28-13 lead at half-time and had extended its buffer to 17 goals at the final break.

The Blues pegged the Pies back in the fourth quarter, outscoring them by four goals.

Baker said the Magpies would work on their fitness over the Easter holidays.

“It was great to get the four points on the board,” she said.

“It was goal-for-goal in the first quarter and there was nothing special that happened.

“We were 15 goals up at half-time but we didn’t go ahead with it and only won by 13. We need to work on our fitness and we will have two fitness sessions instead of game-specific stuff.”

Baker praised attacking sister act Emily and Jaymie Finch for their work in the goal circle and was pleased with the Magpies’ younger players Grace Lucas and Katie Hall.

Emily Finch dropped a game-high 33 goals.

“Pembo (Amy Pemberton) switched into centre in the fourth and gave us drive in the midcourt,” Baker said.

“Our defence was fairly tall for Warrnambool because Chloe Arnott didn’t play and Kate Lindsey did. She was very zippy.”

Pies teenager Hall made her A grade debut, coming on in the fourth quarter at wing defence.

“She stopped their wing attack’s drive and did her job as well,” Baker said.

“It was very pleasing. We have some great players coming through the club.”

Warrnambool assistant coach Kasey Owen said there were positives to come out of the loss.

“It was disappointing to lose but compared to last week it was such a good improvement for our team so we didn’t feel too down about the loss,” Owen said.

“We struggled to play four quarters. If we get that right, we’ll improve out of sight.”

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