Leading title contenders Wendouree and Dela Oscars have tied in the opening round of the Ballarat Netball Association premier competition.
Last season’s grand finalists finished on 51 goals apiece in their first-up clash in The Athlete’s Foot Cup on Tuesday night.
Dela took a two-goal lead to quarter time and extended that to eight by the final change before Wendouree rallied..
Led by Jedda Heard and Katelyn Sutton, Wendouree stormed home to almost steal the game – having possession in its goal circle when time expired.
Heard said more direct passing down the court rather than going sideways had made the difference in the fight back.
Brown Hill Forgers comfortably accounted for Eureka, winning by 18 goals.
The inclusion of former Australian junior shooter Brianna Gregory was pivotal for Brown Hill.
The Brisbane girl was named best on court, despite being rested for the final quarter.
Gregory said she enjoyed the experience, with the players working really well given it was their first game together.
For Brown Hill coach Anne McCartin, it was a satisfying start to the campaign after a winless 2017.
The Athlete’s Foot Cup, designed as a showcase for Ballarat’s best netballers, will run for eight weeks.