Old Collegians continue winning ways Warrnambool and District league netball competition

COMPOSED: Meagan Forth looks up the court as she prepares to pass the ball in Old Collegians' win over Russells Creek. Picture: Sean Hardeman
COMPOSED: Meagan Forth looks up the court as she prepares to pass the ball in Old Collegians' win over Russells Creek. Picture: Sean Hardeman

AS the rain and the wind pelted the court, Old Collegians stood firm to hold off Russells Creek and continue its unbeaten start to the Warrnambool and District A grade season on Saturday.

The Kangaroos started strongly, as both sides attempted to settle into the conditions, to lead by two goals at quarter-time.

The Warriors adjusted to the conditions and fought back to lead at half-time before kicking into gear after the long break to run away with an 11-goal victory.

Collegians mentor Meagan Forth said her side needed to stay level-headed as the weather and the Kangaroos came at it.

“Composure again was really important for us,” she said.

“You have got to take a little bit of time to adjust to the conditions, especially in a game in the wind and rain, as you can play the overuse game in these conditions.

“It was a hard game for the goalers at both ends and I felt we adjusted to that short play, which you have to as the team that adjusts the quickest usually wins and we did that today.

“You also have to adjust to the umpiring and what they are calling for the the day and we settled into it at half-time and went on from there.”

At the main break, with the Warriors up by three goals, the defender told her troops to stick to what was working. 

“Just to continue doing what we were doing, to play short, safe passes and to talk and direct on the court,” she said.

“I think that is something we’re settling into as a new team is helping to direct people to make the right decisions and positivity.”

STRONG: Old Collegians shooter Maggie Kline was a standout for the Warriors. Picture: Morgan Hancock

STRONG: Old Collegians shooter Maggie Kline was a standout for the Warriors. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Forth said there was a lot to take out of the victory.

“Big positives for us was our control through the midcourt,” she said.

“It's usually an area where you can lose the ball a bit if you don't have that control, so just timing execution and defensively we did pretty well and our hold over the shot is really good and having a tall keeper is handy.”

Defender Chloe Arnott, centre Rachel Alderson and goal shooter Maggie Kline were standouts for the Warriors.

Kline scored 18 goals and teamed up well with fellow shooter Rebecca Kavanagh, who chipped in with 13 goals.

Sarah Robertson, Nikole Sullivan and Micaela Eccles were the Kangaroos’ best players in an encouraing day for Thalia Robertson’s young side.

Keely Price was Russells Creek’s most prominent shooter scoring 14 goals, while Sarah and Megan Robertson chipped in with four and two goals respectively.

Forth praised Russells Creek, saying it was a “young and quick” side that would continue to improve and challenge this year. 

Old Collegians now sit on top, while the Kanagroos sit in seventh.