Interleague netball: one-goal loss for Lexton Plains

THERE were mixed emotions for Lexton Plains interleague netball coach Nicole Harding in the wake of the netballers' one point loss to the Maryborough Castlemaine District Netball League on Saturday.

The 34-35 loss was difficult to swallow, especially after the way the LPFNL girls fought out a remarkable match against their northern neighbours.

However, Harding conceded the game was a terrific spectacle and was delighted with the way her team performed.

"It was disappointing to lose, but it was a great game to watch," Harding said.

"It was very quick and it all came down to the shooting. Down to the final goal it was even."

The match itself was fast-flowing affair between two very evenly matched teams.

The LPFNL opened up a four-goal lead towards the end of the first quarter, which was cut to just two goals by half-time.

The MCDFL then got on top in the third term to take the lead by a couple of goals heading into the final term.

The last quarter started with District taking the advantage, but the Plains fought back, and it was goal-for-goal for the last five minutes of the match.

Lexton Plains goal keeper Naomi Medlyn was named the side's best, the Natte-Bealiba defender outstanding both as a stopper and in intercepting opposition balls.

Rihannon Riske played a strong game in wing defence, with Jess Parry the dominant scoring presence in attack.

"We only trained three times, so to gell so well and to play so well was terrific," Harding said.

"When I played interleague there was a tendency for girls to stay in their groups, but this group just got on so well.

"They are so young there's good things to come."

The MCDFL was victorious in the under-17 netball 28-20, while the LPFL could take heart in a one point victory in the under-15 netball 24-23.

Article: Gavin McGrath - Ballarat Courier

Picture: Lachlan Bence


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