It has been some time since Lake Wendouree claimed victory over East Point in the Ballarat Netball League A grade competition, making Saturday’s hard-fought triumph one to savour.
Highlighting the drought was the fact Lakers coach Katie Williams was not exactly sure when their last victory was over East Point, but she suggested it was at least six years ago.
It took the full four quarters to wear East Point down.
Lake Wendouree trailed by a goal at quarter-time and half-time before a 15 goal to 10 third term gave the visitors the lead and it held that until the final whistle, winning 47-40.
Williams said it was a big result for the side and one that could prove telling given both are vying for a top four spot.
“It was a huge win, but it took four quarters to get over them,” Williams said.
“We kept to our game plan and our fitness prevailed.
“We’re still a long way out from finals, but every win you can get now is great.
“It’s going to be tight to get into the six.”
Lake Wendouree has now strung together five wins in a row and Williams said a three-goal round two loss to Ballarat was the “kick in the butt we needed” to get their season rolling.
“They beat us by three and we weren’t happy with ourselves at all, but since then the stuff we’ve been working on at training we’ve been putting into games – you can see it.”
The top form is made even more impressive by the fact Lakers entered the season with only three A grade players. This season’s make-up made up of B graders seeking opportunity and an ungraded junior, they have all risen to the task of the top level.
“The girls have been given the opportunity and they’ve taken it and really stepped up.”
Williams said her defensive end was outstanding, the team containing East Point brilliantly as a unit.
While goal shooter Tasha Dack was also one of the best on court.
“That group approach to the defense end, they all did their job.”