Central Highlands flexes muscles in interleague netball

Central Highlands flexed its muscles in the interleague netball clash against Loddon Valley, recording an impressive 57-39 victory.

A bright start from the Central Highlands team forged a gap that was ultimately never bridged by Loddon Valley, which was spirited but lacked the class of its opponent.

14 goals in the final term from Central Highlands capped off the impressive performance, which showcased a cohesive and accomplished outfit.

A proud Central Highlands coach, Jordan O'Keefe said teaching his group was "very easy."

"They're very focussed and very professional," he said.

"When they get out on the court, they're all here for the same reason - that's to enjoy our netball but also to represent our league to the best that we can.

"I think we've done that today."

Captain and goal attack Laura Allen, who bravely returned to the field after coming off with the blood rule in the third term, was awarded the best-on-court medal for Central Highlands.

O'Keefe said the Learmonth goaler handled the captaincy well.

"She really stepped up," he said

"She did a lot of work and probably more than she needed to.

"She was the obvious stand-out."

It was a tough day for Loddon Valley, which gave up a large deficit early in the contest and was unable to make up lost ground.

Coach Jenny Morrison admitted a lack of preparation hurt the squad, but said her team kept fighting until the end.

"I was very proud of the girls," she said.

"I think they took a little while to get going, but by the end they were starting to gel together.

"They are a great bunch of girls. They all get along really well."

Goal keeper Kirby Mann was awarded best-on-court for her side, following a resilient performance against the likes of Central Highlands' goalers Kelly Moran and Elisha Phelps.

Goal attack Laura Hicks also featured prominently for the losing team.

For the victors, Springbank product Kelly Conroy appeared to be everywhere throughout centre-court, while goal keeper Katie Lindkvist was resolute from start to finish.

The triumphant Central Highlands netball side. Picture - Jeremy Bannister.

The triumphant Central Highlands netball side. Picture - Jeremy Bannister.

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