HDNL | Cats celebrate consecutive wins

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Looking for a pass: LBU coach Jessie Hardess calls for the ball during her side’s clash against North Bendigo in round seven. Photo: Steve Huntley Photo by Steve Huntley

Lockington-Bamawm United has claimed back-to-back wins on the netball court for the first time since 2017 after a 12-goal victory over Colbinabbin on Saturday.

The 50-38 triumph over the Hoppers is LBU’s second win in a row after it defeated North Bendigo the previous week and is a notable achievement from a side that didn’t win a game in 2021.

Cats coach Jess Hardess said she was pleased with the way the team played against Colbinabbin.

“The girls had a great game,” Hardess said.

“It was just one of those days where they came out of the blocks firing straight away and everyone was on.

“Colbo played a great game. They missed a bit of experience but you can see them working it out as they go and it was good to play them.”

The win means the Cats are now well and truly in contention for a spot in the top four and are in the hunt to make the finals.

LBU sits in fifth spot on the ladder, just one win behind fourth-placed Colbinabbin.

Hardess said the win over the Hoppers would give her side plenty of confidence and energy as it looked to return to finals action.

“I think it gives the girls a bit of fire and confidence to think ‘we are in this’,” she said.

“I don’t think anyone looked at us at the start of this season and thought we were a chance at finals. But with the way this season is going, finals is anyone’s game at the moment.

“I don’t think there is a team that you can say is out of finals at the minute, which is exciting.”

Hardess praised Tracey and Sarah Ogden, Annalesa Turner and Chelsea Hicks, saying they had great games.

“Tracey and Sarah Ogden were phenomenal in the midcourt,” Hardess said.

“Annalesa Turner was on fire in goal attack. She shot from everywhere all day, it was really good.

“Chelsea Hicks got best-on last week and she played another really good game against Colbo.”

The Cats coach said her side had done a fantastic job of carrying over what it worked on at training into games.

“The way the girls are implementing what we have been doing at training has been great,” she said.

“They have really been taking into account what we have been doing at training and carrying it over into game day, which is all you can ask for as a coach.”

While the Cats are full of confidence, they will face a tough test this weekend if they want to make it three wins in a row.

LBU (3-4) is set to take on league-leader Elmore at home on Saturday, with the Bloods (8-0) yet to lose a game so far this season.