LBU wins thriller

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United secured just its second victory of the year in A grade netball in a clutch final minutes finish against rivals Leitchville-Gunbower.

The Cats claimed a 38-37 win over LG, moving LBU above their local rivals on the Heathcote and District Netball League ladder for the first time this year.

It was end to end, hold-your-breath stuff for the Cats faithful, who had to endure a long, drawn out come back from LG in the final quarter.

But in the end LBU had done enough in the previous three quarters to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and take the game by a solitary goal.

Best on court for the Cats was goal-keep Tracey Ogden who repelled a number of near-certain goal scoring opportunities and kept LBU in the lead.

Bec Eade recovered quicker than expected from a dislocated shoulder in the previous match, to take to the court and play exceptionally well also.

LBU coach Amanda Walker said after a nervy finish she was glad to see her side get over the line.

‘‘We’re very happy with that,’’ Walker said.

‘‘We were about five or six goals up during the final quarter and then they came back at us, the momentum just swung. Our girls were very focused and wanted it more in the end.

‘‘It was a one goal margin for a couple of minutes. Our scorer was a bit excited and stood in the way of the scoreboard so we couldn’t see the score. I actually had to ask her what the score was after the final whistle,’’ Walker said.

With a good crowd of support to witness the victory, every one of the Cats players did their job.

‘‘Tracey Ogden — our goal keeper — was best on, Bec Eade came back from her shoulder injury really well, Claudia Gallagher was very focused on the win throughout and Michelle McIntosh also played well. Everyone pitched in,’’ she said.

Next up for the Cats is third-placed Mt Pleasant.

‘‘It’ll be tough but the talk after the game was that we should be competitive from here on in.

‘‘We’ll match them a lot better this time around, last time it was very hot, so we won’t have that this time around. It’s at home too so we look forward to that,’’ Walker said.

Leitchville-Gunbower coach Jordy Holman could not be contacted by the Riv before deadline.