Tough day on court for Ky girls

By Holly Tregenza

IT was another sad and sorry week for the Ky netballers with 27-55 loss to ladder leader Shepparton United.

The Demons had plenty of midcourt drive, flying out of the gates to earn a nine-goal lead at the first break, and defensive pressure increasingly made life difficult for the Bombers.

Ky managed to claw back the scores a little in the second term, but United still extended their lead by three.

It was downhill from there with the United lead extended by six in the third and a whopping 10 in the fourth.

Kyabram’s Emma Ryan, Elle Groves and Laura Cunningham fought bravely in the loss.

It’s the Bombers’ sixth loss this year from 10 games, plus two costly draws, has seen them sink to ninth on the ladder with 12 points.

Kyabram coach Sara Kent said United were too strong for her side.

‘‘Mid court drive and defensive pressure allowed them to turnover Kyabram’s centre passes, giving United a nine goal lead by the end of the first quarter,’’ she said.

‘‘They were really effective in maintaining that defensive pressure in the mid court and although Ky worked hard through the court, it was that pressure and consistency all game that really cost us.

‘‘They were the better team on the day.’’

Jess Barnes-Hill showed up her teammates with a strong presence on both ends of the court.

The Bombers B Grade side suffered a similar defeat, pummeled 15-50 with United scoring fourteen goals in the second quarter and Ky only managing four.

B Reserves didn’t fair much better, losing 21-55. Jasmine Reid won best on ground and Georgia Watt took home the encouragement award. It was the same story in the Under 17 competition, with Ky losing 28-56. Hollie Reid was best on ground.

Next week the Bombers take on sixth placed Mooroopna in an away game. It’ll be a tough match up for Ky with Mooroopna coming in off a stunning 59-24 win over Benalla on the weekend.