Footy isn’t the only thing that took flight last weekend – Netball also started off in front of a strong crowd at the Edwin Flack Reserve as traditional rivals Berwick and Narre Warren were first to throw the new energetic ball about in 2019.
The Magpies headed in as favourites for the A Grade clash, and the managed to complete a routine win by 13 goals (51-38), blowing Berwick out of the water in the second and third quarters scoring 28 goals to 17 in that time period.
Magpie Goal-Shooter Chloe Phillips was in red hot form from the first whistle, scoring all 14 first quarter goals for Narre Warren before taking her tally to 25 at the halftime break netting 11 of the Magpies 15 in the second. Her battle with Hayley Alman intensified in the second half, as Alman competed well and kept Phillips to just four more goals in the second half.
At the other end Jemma Osborne kept Berwick Goal-Shooter Emma Clarke relatively quiet, with the Wickers’ goaler finishing with 20 goals, managing just seven for the entire second half. She was unable to have a breakout quarter like her opposite number (Phillips) with her second quarter haul of seven her highest. Berwick Goal Attack and Casey Demons VNL player Kassidy Withers was the Wickers best on court, but still struggled to hit the scoresheet finishing with just 13 goals. Taylah Butterworth netted the other five.
Madison Maund proved to be the best mid courter on the afternoon, rotating between the Wing Attack and Centre position for Narre, tormenting Olivia Macente and Caitlin Anthony. Jayde Stow also did well through the middle for the Magpies, playing as the Wing Defence she faced three different opponents in Butterworth, Jamie Cotter and Brittany Pym.
All eyes will now be on the Magpies as they face Olinda Ferny Creek this coming weekend. With the Bloods considered the number one netball of the ‘Valley’ the Magpies have a massive chance to make a statement. For Berwick it may be a 0-2 start with Wandin’s depth likely to see it rate fairly well in Premier A Grade this season.
Narre Warren will be looking to carry momentum into their clash with Olinda Ferny Creek. Picture BH Photography