COBDEN remains atop the Hampden league open netball ladder after the Bombers defeated South Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Bombers led at every change of the 49-37 victory, keeping their unbeaten streak intact at 10 matches.
After racing out to a six goal quarter time lead with a 15-9 opening term, Cobden had extended their margin to nine by the main change.
They continued to hold their lead through the third quarter, before finishing strongly with a 13-10 final term to record a 12 goal victory.
Cobden coach Nadine McNamara, who missed the clash, was pleased to record another victory despite the Roosters missing key personnel.
“South were obviously undermanned without Eliza Dwyer and Ally O’Connor,” she said.
“It’s hard to take too much out of it (with those players missing), but it was good to get the win.”
The match also saw Cobden celebrate a milestone, with Remeny McCann making her 100th open netball appearance for the club.
“From a club point of view, she has been a great success to play 100 games for us,” McNamara said.
“She was a promising junior and we hope to have her for years to come.”
McCann’s experience was on full display in her milestone match, with the goal defender stepping up in the absence of McNamara, who missed due to injury.
McCann moved to goal keeper for the match and was joined by Alicia Blain, who played goal defence, in the goal circle.
The “two smaller defenders” combined well together, causing a lot of interceptions and creating a lot of attacking play for the Bombers, with the pair both named in the best players.
“I thought they worked really well together,” McNamara said.
“Remeny showed a lot of leadership and helped Alicia in a position she isn’t too familiar with.
“They were both fantastic.”
Amy Hammond also played well through the midcourt, while Jaymie Finch (25 goals) was Cobden’s best attacker.
Ahead of the bye, Cobden is first on the ladder with a 10-1 win-loss record, with McNamara pleased with how her side’s year has unfolded thus far.
She said the Bombers have so far “managed to achieve our goals this season” but said her side would continue to tinker with its game plan and style in a bid to remain “versatile”.
This weekend, however, will be used to refresh ahead of the last seven games, with training on Thursday night set to “be more of a bonding session”.
“The last couple of weeks have been quite intense at training,” McNamara said.
“We’ll take it down a notch (with the bye) before ramping it up again next week.”
In the remaining games, South Warrnambool had the upper hand with the Bombers only winning the division one and 13 and under matches.
The Bombers prevailed by 13 goals in the division one contest, with a 43-30 win.
Helene Foster, Sarae Hickey and Rebecca Dendle all played well for the Bombers, while Natalie Tongs (27 goals) did the majority of the team’s scoring.
The division two (31-25) and division three (29-18) sides both suffered defeats in their matches against the Roosters.
In the 17 and under match, South came out on top of the Bombers 33-21.
Taylah McVilly was best on court alongside Maddie Hickey and WhaWha Hapuku in the loss.
The 15 and under girls went down to the Roosters 48-15.
Carol Arndell, Macey-Lee Hickey, Jessica Anderson were the side’s best players.
The 13 and under recorded a strong 38-21 win over South.
Jessica Bouchier (25 goals) was the side’s best in the win, with Emily Darcy and Grace Taylor also performing well.
On Sunday, both the 16 and under and 14 and under sides suffered heavy defeats to the Roosters.
The 16 and under side went down 46-8 despite the best efforts of Hayley Cameron, Isabella Rochfort and Victoria Steel, while the 14 and under girls lost 41-5 with Lily Bell, Georgia Buckle and Eloise Chivell the best players.
The Bombers take on Koroit upon their return from the bye, with the senior matches at Victoria Park (July 14) and the juniors playing at Cobden Recreation Reserve (July 15).