Benalla All Blacks’ A-grade netball side was hammered by in-form finals contender King Valley on Saturday.
There was little to smile about for the home fans as they watched their side lose each quarter, with Panthers going down to King Valley 24-89.
Panthers’ head coach Donna Wilcock said King Valley would be a team ‘‘who will feature in the finals at the end of the season’’.
‘‘The King Valley girls were fit, fast and played very good team netball, this was evident after the first whistle of the game.
‘‘This meant that our girls had to deliver strong accurate passes, defend closely and convert their shots at goal. Although the final deficit was 65 goals, the score once again did not reflect the performance of the girls,’’ she said.
Wilcock said Grace Way had continued to improve in her defensive role as goal keeper and worked tirelessly to place pressure on the Valley shooters and was rewarded with numerous deflections and three intercepts.
Meanwhile in the C-grade, after going into the second quarter at two goals down, the Panthers managed to peg the margin back slightly in the second, going into half-time just a goal down.
But concentration levels wavered and King Valley took its opportunities in the third. The last quarter was much more intense from the Panthers however the damage was done in the third. The final score saw the Panthers go down, 31-48.
Best on court was Beth Florence, Grace Bekins and Ella Woods.
In the B-reserve match the side had a tough start to the day, having multiple outs due to illness and injury after the first five minutes of play. With some junior players stepping up to help out, it was always going to take a while for the Panthers to find their feet.
The Panthers could not keep up with Valley’s pace and ultimately fell well short of a good result. The final score was Panthers 8 defeated by Valley 63.
Best on court were Sam Palmer, Jessica Blain and Lucy Dessaily.
The B-grade game saw an experienced King Valley down the All Blacks by another hefty scoreline — 62-17.
Best on court went to Rhiannon Teichert, Treena McNair and Sarah Terry.