AMANDA Walker believes her Lockington-Bamawm United A grade netball side could have done a lot better in its first round 29-goal defeat at the hands of Mt Pleasant.
She said the 23-52 loss to start the Heathcote and District Netball League season was a result of a lack of fitness and inattentive defending at the back while clearing the ball from under the Cats’ hoop.
Walker, who is the coach, said there were positives to come from the loss but there would be a lot to work on at training this week.
‘‘We could have done a lot better than we did on the day,’’ she said.
‘‘We got stuck with a lot of two-on-one situations, and had some problems with clearances from our defence and the space they allowed us.
‘‘Our accuracy was down on what I’d like it to be. We didn’t finish our goals well either.
‘‘Our centres played well but had trouble getting through the midcourt.’’
Walker said it was a credit to Mt Pleasant and the side was tougher than she had planned for.
She said it gave an indication on where other sides in the competition would be this year.
‘‘I think we will bounce back (next week),’’ Walker said.
‘‘There were a lot of positives there but we weren’t consistent enough to win.
‘‘If we can maintain our consistency then we will challenge Huntly. Our match fitness was a little off I think in that match, so I’m sure we can bounce back,’’ she said.
Best on court for the Cats were Claudia Callagher and Tracey Oden.
‘‘(Claudia was) very fast through the midcourt and I was impressed with her because she hadn’t played with the girls before,’’ Walker said.
‘‘She’d been playing in practice matches but this was her first actual match.
‘‘And Tracey Oden did well when she played in defence. She made sure there was some good play down the court and there were some good points of play, we just couldn’t manage the consistency,’’ she said.
This Saturday the Cats take on Huntly at home.
Huntly were dismantled by ladder-leaders White Hills on the weekend and will be chasing its first win of the season.