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LBU is getting closer

By Riverine Herald

LOCKINGTON Bamawm United is edging closer and closer to its maiden victory.

The result was not what the Cats wanted on Saturday when it fell to the North Bendigo Bulldogs by 10 goals.

But even though the side remains winless on the bottom rung of the HDNL ladder, the Cats are big improvers and are not far from a victory.

Strong performances for three quarters of the match was almost enough to get the side across the line.

And coach Amanda Walker is adamant this Saturday’s match against Elmore could be the tipping point for the Cats’ season.

Walker and her side want more than anything to break their duck against neighbouring Elmore.

‘‘It was extremely close on Saturday,’’ she said.

‘‘We were up for most of the first half and had some really good play, especially in defence.

‘‘We brought the ball out of defence very well. Brooke Gillie (second best on) our captain was a solid performer for the game and had good hands to the ball,’’ she said.

Without any interchange to bring on, the Cats had the upper hand until the Bulldogs caught onto the home side’s game plan.

As Walker could not make a switch to change tactics, North Bendigo gained the momentum and pulled away.

‘‘Michelle Mackintosh (best on court) had a solid game too at the attacking end, we just couldn’t convert the ball to the goal ring.

‘‘In the the last quarter we just couldn’t maintain our intensity. I don’t think we ran out of legs, we ran out the game quite well — no one said ‘I’m done’, we just made poor decisions with our passing,’’ Walker said.

On another day the game could have gone the Cats’ way, Walker believes.

‘‘We ran the game out and were happy with the play, but we did make some bad decisions in crucial times. They were a bit disappointed in the end, but we only had the seven players there.

‘‘Now we have our sights set firmly on (Elmore). We didn’t have changes that we could make in those times where they got on top, but this week we’re definitely going to have a bench,’’ she said.

Saturday’s game will be played away at Elmore from 2pm.