WHEN Nirranda coaches Bridget Foster and Sally Bond went searching for some inspiration for their players, they didn’t have to look far.
Foster was able to call on her father Anthony Foster, who also happens to be the club’s president.
It proved to be a brilliant move as his pre-game speech helped inspire the Blues to a 44-25 win over East Warrnambool on Saturday. The win at Timboon Recreation Reserve was the Blues’ first for the season and leaves the Bombers as the only winless combination after 10 rounds.
“He gave us a good rev up before the game — it was like a footy coach’s speech,” Foster said of her father’s address.
“It was a big game for us so we wanted to do something a little different and it worked because we got off to a really good start.
“Normally it takes us a while to hit our straps so it was good to get a lead in the first quarter.”
The Blues opened up a 13-6 lead and extended that to 21-13 at half-time.
By the last break they led 28-18 and sealed the deal in style, outscoring the Bombers 16-7 in the last quarter to run out big winners.
“It was great to get a win, not just for the players but for everyone else at the club,” Foster said.
“We had a lot of support. The whole club supports each other so everyone was excited.”
The Blues had winners at both ends of the court with goal keeper Callen Bourke and goal shooter Rebecca Young at the top of the best players’ list.
For the Bombers, Abbie Sheridan was their best performer at goal defence, while goal attack Melissa Hunt led the goal scoring with 14.
In other games Deakin University had a thrilling 38-35 win over Timboon Demons at Mortlake’s D. C. Farran Oval.
The result impacts the ladder positions of both teams, positively for the Sharks who jumped from ninth to eighth. The Demons fell from sixth to seventh.
Panmure was a big 63-23 winner over South Rovers, while Old Collegians remain undefeated after a 49-23 win over Russells Creek.