Mathoura’s A grade fell to a well-drilled, fit and methodical Waaia side on Saturday.
The Timbercutters hadn’t played the Bombers for 10 years, but now realise why the opposition is so highly ranked in the calculations for a premiership.
Before the amalgamation of the Picola and District Netball League this year, the two sides played in different competitions — Mathoura in the North West division, and Waaia in the South East.
But with the PDFNL choosing not to affiliate with AFL Victoria in 2018, the leagues were combined, and the Timbercutters once again thrust onto the same court as the high flying Bombers.
Mathoura coach Kat Wippel said she had ‘‘no idea’’ what to expect when they turned up to play in Waaia.
‘‘We did all right I think, but Waaia are a very well drilled team,’’ she said.
‘‘We haven’t played them before so we had no idea how they were going or how good they were going to be.
‘‘We went fine but we had one of our starters go off ill halfway through the game, and I had to come on after playing a full game in B grade. We were also missing Codie Haywood,’’ she said.
Wippel gave credit to Waaia, in saying they were fitter and didn’t tire at all.
‘‘We tried to play a fast game too and it just didn’t work in the end — there was a gap in the quality I think,’’ she said.
Final score, Waaia 51 to Mathoura 26. Awards - Rachel Kelly (GK), Shantelle Worsnop (GA, GS), Kelly Davidson (WA).
Results from other grades were as follows:
B grade: Waaia 45 to Mathoura. Awards - Maddy McKellar (GA), Georgina Kellock (GK).
C grade: Waaia 60 to Mathoura 37. Awards - Olivia Harding-Davies (GK, GS), Emma O’Callaghan (WA, GK).
C reserve: Mathoura 31 to Waaia 23. Awards - Brittany Edwards (GS), Amelia Welsh (GA).
Under 17s: Waaia 39 to Mathoura 28.
U15s: Waaia 31 to Mathoura 27. Awards - Mackenzie Emery (GD, WD), Chloe Van Zutphen (GA), Holly Cheep (C).
U13s: Waaia 20 to Mathoura 14. Awards - Jess Van Zutphen (C, WA), Remy Cathcart (GK), Phoenix Helps (WA, GD).