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Panthers go hungry again

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April 19, 2017

All Blacks A grade wing-defence Emma Sangster looks for a pass in her side's second round loss to Bonnie Doon.

The Benalla All Blacks could not keep up with the frenetic pace of Bonnie Doon’s netball side when the two clashed on Good Friday.

After the first quarter the Panthers and Bonnie Doon were at 12 a piece, but the longer the contest went on, the further ahead the home side went - the final score Bonnie Doon 55, Panthers 38.

Despite the one-sided scoreline, Panthers head coach Donna Wilcock said there were some positives to take from the match.

‘‘The girls began very strong on Friday, the first quarter was an even contest with both teams shooting well. There was only one change made at quarter time with Julieann going into centre and Kirsty to wing-attack.

‘‘The girls continued to combine as a team and find our shooters in attack who converted . . . however the Bonnie Doon shooters found their range and began to pull ahead,’’ she said.

Changes were made at halftime in an attempt to pull back a five point gap, but Wilcock said after the attack began to slip, so did the rest of the side.

‘‘At halftime we brought on Emma and Elyse and Alara moved down to defence. The girls started well but it wasn’t long before we started to miss goals which were capitalised at the other end.

‘‘We went into the final quarter nine goals behind and unfortunately we were not able to continue with our first half performance and Bonnie Doon increased their lead at the final siren,’’ she said.

Wilcock’s side currently sit 11th in the Ovens and King Football Netball League A grade ladder.

She said she was impressed with how the side played in the first half of Friday’s match and is ‘‘confident that they will be able to increase their concentration and performance’’ over the next few games.

The Panthers will look to rectify their 0-2 start to the season when they take on Bright on Saturday at the Bright Recreational Reserve at 2.30pm.

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