Roos still need to improve

Hamilton Kangaroos coach Sara Byrne said her side had plenty to work on. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE
Hamilton Kangaroos coach Sara Byrne said her side had plenty to work on. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

HAMILTON Kangaroos consolidated third position on the ladder after a 14-goal win over Port Fairy yesterday.

The Kangaroos’ 62-48 result was what coach Sara Byrne wanted but she said her side had plenty to work on.

“We had patches of brilliance where our ball movement was just beautiful, exactly what I have been after and then they just go into these major lapses and throw it away,” she said.

“We’ve had a good win and yes we are 3-1 but there are things we shouldn’t be doing.

“They need to put it together for a whole quarter and a whole game.”

Byrne said she was disappointed her side had been outscored by five goals in the final term.

Centre Aly Smead was used sparingly after a tumble in the 17 and under match but is expected to be fine to take on Terang Mortlake on Saturday.

In other games, Koroit continued its run of big wins, giving long-time rival Camperdown a 37-goal pounding.

The Saints have now won their first four games by a combined 128 goals — an average of 32 goals.

Goal shooter Carley Thomas was again dominant, scoring 50 of her side’s 65 goals.

Koroit co-coach Kate Foster said the Saints were pleased with the result but the 65-28 scoreline did not reflect Camperdown’s approach. “They fought hard all day,” she said.

The Saints were without co-coach Kate Dobson, who was unavailable, while the versatile Teagan Lang only played the first half at goal attack because of illness.

The Saints face their grand final conqueror North Warrnambool Eagles in a showdown of the league’s only undefeated sides on Saturday.

North Warrnambool Eagles warmed up for the first versus second clash with a 47-21 win over the winless Cobden. The Eagles went into the match without defenders Jordyn Billings and Indi Morrison. That opened the door for Jane McMeel to play at wing defence, Kate O’Meara at wing attack while midcourter Maddie Smedts played at goal defence in her first match against her former side.

“The girls played really hard, solid netball,” coach Sharon Kenna said.

“Cobden pushed us in the first quarter, they led for most of it and then the girls were really solid.”


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