All Blacks netballers once again kicked off their season with mixed results on Saturday.
In the A-grade the All Blacks went down 38-43 after a valiant fight against North Wangaratta.
Five new players made their debut in A-grade.
However, once the whistle was blown and a few wayward passes the girls settled down to play some good passes of netball.
After a positive start from the home side, inaccuracy was costly and North Wang settled and was able to gain the lead in the third and fourth quarters.
In the final quarter the girls continued to apply defensive pressure to the North Wangaratta shooters, however, the side went down by five goals.
Best on court in her first A-grade game was Grace Way.
In the under-15 game it was Benalla took on North Wangaratta.
And the All Blacks put on a strong performance to dominate the visitors from the outset. The final score was 45-2 in favour of the Panthers.
The under-15s have a few weeks to rest up and prepare for their next game in Bright, round three.
Best on court was Tamyka Ross.
In the C-grade, a high-scoring affair also saw the Panthers come out victors against North Wang.
As the game progressed, the Panthers showed they would be a strong force throughout the season with plenty of talent all over the court.
The side gelled well together and played as a strong unit in the second half to run away with a convincing win.
Final score was 52-33 to the Panthers. On court, the best was Chloe Cooke.
In the B-grade, the team has never played together before and had a tough job playing against an experienced North Wang side.
The away side in the end proved too good for the Panthers, with the final score 34-56 to the visitors.
Shooters Beth Smith and Chelsea Wallace worked well in the ring despite tough defensive pressure from the North Wang defence.
The girls were strong in their rebounds, as were the Panthers’ defenders at the other end.
The girls have plenty to work on as a new side, but will only continue to get stronger with each and every game.
Best on court was Beth Smith.