HEATHCOTE’S B Reserve netballers are out of the finals after a 12-point loss to Colbinabbin on Sunday.
Nerves got the better of the young Saints, who were unable to contend with the Hoppers’ defensive pressure and accurate goaling.
A strong start from the Saints meant it was a tight match at the first break, but Colbinabbin came out firing in the second quarter to establish a healthy lead.
Solid performances from Kayla Melling, Katie Scattolin and Georgia Goodwin meant Heathcote finished strongly, but it wasn’t enough to peg the Hoppers back – who ran out comfortable 47-35 winners.
Heathcote coach Mel Harris said the result was disappointing but she was pleased with the progress of the young side.
“Colbinabbin beat us twice during the season, so I was happy the girls were competitive,” she said.
“It’s only our second year of having a B Reserve team. We only won two games last year, so making finals is a huge improvement.
“Nothing went horribly wrong. We just didn’t quite nail the basics and were beaten by a stronger side on the day.”
Harris said the positive performance this season provides plenty of motivation for next year’s campaign.
“I’m very pleased with the girl’s progress. They’ve come a long way in their development,” she said.
“Thanks to all the supporters for their encouragement over the season and on Sunday.
“I also want to thank our sponsors Heathcote Rural Merchandise and Cantina Bendigo.”