Mathoura’s A grade netballers were no match for Blighty on Saturday, going down by 36 goals at Blighty.
Ladder leader Blighty made light work of the Timbercutters, making it four wins without loss for the year in the process.
The 67-31 scoreline came about as Mathoura slumped further down the Picola and District Netball League ladder, with one win from its opening matches.
Emmaline Weir played a fantastic first A grade game for Blighty with Rhiannan Maxwell and Demi Blake continuing their good form.
Defender Rachel Kelly, midcourter Shantelle Worsnop and shooter Sophia Mitchell were Mathoura’s better players in the clash.
Timbercutters president Melyssa Banks said the team needs some time to settle.
‘‘There were just a few too many silly mistakes from our girls on the day I think, but they are coming together — it’ll just take time,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re still trying to get them to gel in the team and that’s because there is a whole bunch of new players, so that will take time.
‘‘The score doesn’t really reflect the game we saw out there on Saturday, they just made a few too many mistakes and Blighty capitalised,’’ she said.
It was a close battle in B grade with Mathoura edging out the home side in a one goal thriller.
Nikita Doyle, Judy Plattfuss and Alana Coates were solid throughout all four quarters for the Redeyes.
Playing-coach Kat Wippel was rock solid in defence for the Timbercutters with midcourter Mandy Worsnop also playing well.
Final score, Mathoura 20 to Blighty 19.
Awards, Mathoura: Kat Wippel, Mandy Worsnop. Blighty: Judy Plattfuss.
Mathoura’s C grade also picked up the win in another tight battle, claiming a two goal victory over the Redeyes.
The Timbercutters were best served by midcourters Maddie French and Georgie McKellar, with Mathoura sitting on top of the ladder with four wins from as many games.
Final score, Mathoura 38 to Blighty 36.
Awards, Mathoura: Maddie French, Georgia McKellar. Blighty: Alex Barry, Steph Barry.
Mathoura’s C reserve had a massive win over reigning premier Blighty to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
Final score, Mathoura 51 to Blighty 17.
Awards, Mathoura: Paris Jenkins, Phoebi Pike. Blighty: Mallory Shaw, Hayley White.
It was an absolute thriller in the Under 17s with Blighty victorious by one goal.
Final score, Blighty 38 to Mathoura 37.
Awards, Mathoura: Kelly Davidson, Amy Lothian. Blighty: Jasmine Ackers, Kelsey Hislop, Anika Bridge, Audrey James, Mikaila Ackers.
Blighty was dominant in the U15s, downing the visitors by 23 goals.
The Redeyes’ defensive pressure all the way down the court was impressive.
Blighty’s shooters became more accurate as the game went on and moved well together in the ring, with their midcourt having hands on every ball.
Final score, Blighty 38 to Mathoura 15.
Awards, Mathoura: Jasmyne Banks, Lily Langman, Olivia Jachim. Blighty: Eliza Bradford, Sarah Hanmer, Karla Nichols, Sophie Dudley.
Nothing could split Mathoura and Blighty in the U13s with scores level at the final whistle.
Final score, Mathoura 18 drew Blighty 18.
Awards, Mathoura: Isabella Jachim, Remy Cathcart, Abbey Ferrari. Blighty: Beth Laverty, Niccola Stanworth, Sophie Murray, Jasmyn McKenzie.
The Under 11s girls all played well for both sides.
Some of the Blighty girls played at opposite ends than their usual positions and handled the changes exceptionally well.
Awards, Blighty: Katy Grady, Dekota McKenzie, Ella Marshall. Mathoura: not available.
The Timbercutters will now move on to round five when they host Jerilderie, with the Redeyes travelling to take on Picola on Saturday.