Romsey’s Samantha Richardson put pressure on Riddell wing attack Ellen Close in Saturday’s A Grade game. ​

By Colin MacGillivray

ROMSEY’S netballers have vowed to maintain a positive attitude throughout their bye week despite dropping a fourth-straight game to start the season on Saturday.

The Redbacks were defeated 76-31 on their home court, unable to contend with the height and length of the Bombers.

Romsey goal keeper Carolyn McCarthy worked hard to intercept the ball in a tough battle with Riddell goalie Tara O’Grady, and Tayla Graham played well alongside Hope Evans at the other end before Evans was sidelined with a knee injury.

Evans’ injury forced coach Kiara Taylor into goals, where she played well despite giving away several inches to her opponents.

Taylor said the season would be all about development for the Redbacks.

“We are a young team, we haven’t all played together before and we’re still trying to work out combinations and how we can work with each other,” she said.

“We’ve had some tough games over the past three rounds, but we’ll continue working in the next couple of weeks.

“Our spirits are still high. We had a conversation with the girls and we still want to give it our all for the rest of the season. We don’t want to just give half a season of effort.”

Taylor said she was hopeful Evans would be able to return to face Melton Centrals in round six after a bye this week.

Elsewhere, Wallan retained its place as the league’s sole undefeated side with a come-from-behind 31-27 win against Macedon on Saturday night.

The Magpies trailed by three goals at half time before fighting their way to the front with a 12-goals-to-six third quarter, setting up a hard-fought and low-scoring final term.

Georgia Bowkett was stellar in defence and Chloe Meulenmeesters netted 20 goals to help lift the team to victory.

Lancefield missed out on back-to-back wins with a 52-43 loss to the Western Rams.

Jordan Furness was on song with 30 goals for the Tigers, Kiara Baldwin played well in defence and Amanda Bruce was strong through the midcourt, but the team could not make up enough ground on the Rams.

Lancefield will be away to Macedon in round five, while Wallan will travel to Diggers Rest.