Cobden eyes off top-five spot in HFNL open grade netball

FOCUSED: Cobden midcourter Sophie Blain says the Bombers are excited to challenge for a top-five berth in Hampden open grade netball.

FOCUSED: Cobden midcourter Sophie Blain says the Bombers are excited to challenge for a top-five berth in Hampden open grade netball.

COBDEN midcourter Sophie Blain says optimism is abounding in the Bombers’ open grade netball team as it strives to earn a place in the Hampden top five.

The Bombers were flying before the bye with three wins on the trot, including a last-start win over North Warrnambool Eagles.

“Our last game was awesome,” Blain said.

“We just took it quarter-by-quarter, focused on our goals and we achieved them.

“We focus on our defence, mostly, and our work through attack and our positive talk and encouragement.

“It worked every single quarter.”

The Bombers will take on fifth-placed Hamilton Kangaroos – a team they are just one win behind with comparable percentage – at Cobden Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

While the Kangaroos posted an 11-goal win last time the teams met, back in April, Blain was confident Cobden has what it takes to turn the tables this time around.

“We feel that we’re in a rhythm and we can do it,” she said. “The girls are passionate.”

Blain said since the previous encounter, the Bombers had markedly stepped up at the attacking end of the court.

“With our goalies, we’ve put Alicia Blain in there with Molly Hutt,” she said. “Jess Wheadon has gone back into defence and she’s in-and-out of goals (as we need).

“Molly and Alicia have really get to know each other and they’re movements.”

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