Coach relived as Magpies hold off Bombers

CAMPERDOWN escaped with a three-goal win against Cobden after a swag of positional changes swung the momentum the Bombers’ way after half-time.

The Magpies notched a 51-48 win at Cobden Recreation Reserve last night, with the Anzac Day twilight fixture finishing in darkness.

Camperdown made a blistering start and had a seven-goal lead at quarter-time.

It maintained that advantage at the main break before Cobden made its move, turning a seven-goal half-time deficit into a two-goal advantage at the final change.

Magpies coach Tracey Baker rued her decision to make a raft of changes in the third term and was relieved her side came away with its second win of the Hampden league A grade season.

“At the start of the game I had the changes I wanted to make and in hindsight I should have waited to see the momentum of the game,” she said.

“They had more momentum in the second half but I was really happy with the young ones and that we steadied when we needed to.

“In the third quarter I made too many positional changes. I moved Emma Wright to goal shooter and I should have left the sister act (Jaymie and Emily Finch) together.

“Emma Wright had plenty of intercepts in defence and Emily Finch was shooting well.”

Wright, who is carrying a shoulder injury, called a time-out in the third term and Baker moved her back into defence.

Baker said the Pies would continue to work on finding a third goaler option and weren’t deterred by the third-quarter drop.

The experienced midcourter said Amy Pemberton played a strong game in centre and Jaymie Finch “shot beautifully”, while she was full of praise for Cobden goaler Natalie Tongs.

The round three game started at 5.15pm with the first half played in daylight and the second half in darkness.

Baker said it took time to adjust.

“But the changes that I made really changed the game more than the darkness,” she said.

Cobden is yet to win a game in 2014, while Camperdown has won its past two after a round one loss to North Warrnambool Eagles.

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