LANCEFIELD’S netballers were over the moon after celebrating wins in all four Riddell District Football Netball League grades at the weekend.
The Tigers have struggled to field four teams in the past few years, and wins had been few and far between before Saturday’s game against Romsey.
Against their traditional rivals, the Tigers’ under 19 side posted its first win in five years, and the A, B and C Grade sides saluted for the first time since 2018.
A Grade coach Michelle Rix said it was an excellent result for the club.
“It’s been such a hard effort to get four teams on the court, so to have them win together was really nice. It’s been hard going, but it was nice to get there,” she said.
The Tigers’ A Grade team led from wire to wire, but was challenged by a spirited Romsey in the 35-30 win.
Captain Jordan Furness was a difference-maker for Lancefield in her first game of the season, netting 31 goals and providing a target in attack, while Genevieve Zoch and Brianna De Haas moved the ball cleanly through the midcourt.
Romsey playing coach Kiara Taylor tried to get her team back in the game with 16 goals, while Tayla Graham had 13, but a nine-goal quarter-time deficit proved too much for the home side to overcome.
Rix said Lancefield would have several players unavailable for the next few weeks and had used the game to experiment with its line-up.
“We’ve got a few injuries and we’ll have a few players away in the next few weeks, so we were looking at some combinations for when we’ve got a few of our midcourt players away,” she said.
“We haven’t had a chance to have the same line-ups the first two weeks, and it’s going to be the same the next three weeks. After that hopefully we can get some stability back in the team and work on growing on our combinations.”
Lancefield will take on the Western Rams in an away game on Saturday, while Romsey will host Riddell.
Wallan will be on the road against Macedon after a 49-39 win against the Rams at the weekend.
The Magpies always had their noses in front but were made to work for the win, as defender Georgia Bowkett and midcourt player Gemma Grimmond led the way.
Wallan tops the ladder as the sole undefeated team after three rounds.