Wounded Pride in season openers

There was little mercy for a new-look Pride in its Victorian Netball League season openers last night. 

Federation University Ballarat Pride suffered blows in its championship and 19/under matches at the State Netball Hockey Centre. 

Pride faced traditionally tough team Boroondara Genesis first-up

RESULTS

Championship division: Boroondara 67 d Ballarat 33 

19/under: Boroondara  44 d Ballarat 31

*division one scores not available

OLYMPIC RACEWALKER Jared Tallent was named Ballarat Sportsperson of the Year, a fourth consecutive time, last night. 

Read more about Jared's year here.

Runner Sam Baird was junior sportsperson of the year, cyclist Pat Shaw the Hollioake medallist as team player of the year and long-serving Ballarat Sports Foundation secretary Noel Pigdeon the administrator of the year. 

Meanwhile, excitement continues to build for Saturday night's North Melbourne and Carlton showdown under lights in Ballarat. Read the latest in the lead- up to the NAB Challenge gamehere

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