Butler sees positives in 27-point loss

By Lachlan Durling

A UNITED defence was enough to rattle the Bombers A grade, who were held to 23 goals to Shepparton United’s 50.

Co-coach Holly Butler said it was a disappointing loss, with the girls hoping for a smaller margin.

“They were a really strong and experienced side, we gave it our all but we’re disappointed with the result as a few things didn’t go our way,” Butler said.

But the coaches are seeing light in the dark, with Butler commending captain Heidi Morris for her performance.

“She played her best game so far; she was strong on court with a really direct drive and good accuracy with goals,” Butler said.

“We wanted to focus on getting everyone to work together and they did — Lauren Pryde and Rach McCormack-Vick worked hard in defence. It was a fast game and everyone stayed on their toes, not dropping their heads.”

Butler said having a younger side means it is more difficult to connect across the court when compared to other teams — and last year’s Bombers A grade side.

Last weekend was testament to that, as United set up a defensive zone that rattled the younger Bombers.

“We haven’t gone as well as we’d like to this year and every weekend we have expectations of ourselves on court. We were disappointed walking away from the game but we’ll keep working to bring it all together,” Butler said.

“It takes time but we’ll get there. The girls are improving from week to week.”

This weekend the Bombers host Mooroopna for a Sunday game, which should be an interesting rematch from round one.

The Bombers were defeated 31-24 in the early days of the season as they were still working on getting a full side, and with Mooroopna sitting sixth on the ladder it should be a tight contest.

“We want to win, hopefully we can find those links and put in the effort on the day. We’ll see how we go with a full side,” Butler said.