Power charges up for big win

Kolora-Noorat coach Faye Clarke speaks to her team at three quarter time. Picture: Amy Paton
Kolora-Noorat coach Faye Clarke speaks to her team at three quarter time. Picture: Amy Paton

DEPTH and varied combinations across the court are shaping as key features in Faye Clarke’s Kolora-Noorat juggernaut.

The Power steamrolled Russells Creek on Saturday to earn their third consecutive victory, climbing into third place on the Warrnambool and District netball ladder.

Clarke, who lined up in a shooting position alongside Emma Lucas, shot 27 goals en route to the 57-29 result.

Despite the the club’s faultless start to the season, Clarke was reluctant to label her side as a genuine contender after just three rounds.

She said the Power were thrilled to be near the top end of the ladder and were prepared to fight hard to maintain their footing.

“We’re a new side once again this season, we’ve had a lot of changes in the attacking end of the court,” Clarke told The Standard.

“We’re so happy to be three and love at this stage but we still have so many sides to play. It’s hard to know where you’re at this early in the piece.”

The second-year mentor said the Power entered the Russells Creek clash hoping to experiment with different combinations and left satisfied with their work.

“We had a few different combinations in mind going into the game and we were really pleased with how they stacked up,” she said.

“It was a widespread performance. We’re really happy with our defenders as I feel like we moved the ball down the court really well.

“It just flowed better than it had in previous weeks. We’ve been working hard on it at training so I was so pleased.”

Elsewhere, Allansford is learning to live without star shooter Brooke Currie – who damaged her shoulder in the club’s round two loss to Nirranda.

Despite the injury, the Cats were back to their best on Saturday, pumping East Warrnambool by 35 goals.

Co-coach Bridget Foster said her side was tested and earmarked the Bombers as one of 2017’s big improvers.

She said a simplistic approach was working wonders for the Cats but conceded they had “a lot to work on”.

“Sophie Bellman came in to shoot with Georgie Rooke in Brooke’s absence and did really well, but we learnt East aren’t a team to take lightly,” Foster said.

“Bec Rohan is coming back to play for us, and we ran her for a half with Sarah Neeson on Saturday.

“They’ll be great. They’re such a tall pair and can rebound everything.”

Meanwhile, Nirranda toppled Panmure by 12 goals.

Old Collegians also scored its first win of the year against Merrivale on Good Friday.