THE FLAIR was missing on the Kyabram netball court on the weekend.
Kyabram coach Belinda Lees said her team was “distracted and flat” despite a 16-goal victory over Mooroopna in the Goulburn Valley league.
The Bombers never looked themselves, heading into half-time with a slim five-goal advantage.
“We were very flat, low energy and quiet both on court and in our huddles,” Lees said.
“We put on an improved performance for half of the third quarter. The girls applied some scoreboard pressure with dominant play and converted opportunities.
“We won every quarter but we certainly didn’t dominate.”
Lees said the major takeaway from the game was the reigning premier’s ability to walk away with the points despite a sub-par performance.
“To win by 16 goals when we weren’t completely focused on the task at hand was pleasing,” she said.
“I was proud of the girls for sticking together as a unit. Our bond on and off the court is the team’s biggest strength.
“No one played with their normal flair but our defenders were consistent across the match. I feel that it was one of those games where our will to win and knowing how to win got us through.”
Lees said the Bombers will take some lessons from the Mooroopna game and refocus on enjoying their time on the court for this weekend’s clash with Euroa.
“Euroa have really experienced players whom we have the upmost respect for,” she said.
“They’re obviously not having the season they would’ve wanted on the score board but they always show great tenacity and belief, so we will need to ensure that we regain our focus and purpose.”