ROMSEY’S A Grade netballers were left ruing a missed chance to grab their first win of the Riddell league season after a heartbreaking two-goal loss to Melton Centrals at the weekend.
The Redbacks got the better start by two goals at the first change and one at the long break, but a 13-goals-to-10 third quarter from the Blues saw them hit the lead by three-quarter time.
In a tense and low-scoring final term the home side could not find enough goals to get across the line, losing 38-36.
Young midcourt player Milly Cram played one of her best matches of the season while goal keeper Abbey Duggan did well to quell the influence of Melton Central’s Katharine Dicker, who finished with 15 goals.
Kendra Vann was solid at goal defence for Romsey, while Hope Evans did most of the scoring with 27 goals, supported by coach Kiara Taylor with nine.
The news was better for Wallan, which defeated Lancefield 48-32 to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Magpies played usual goal attack Tahnysha Salanoa at the other end of the court at goal keeper, and the move paid dividends with Salanoa helping to neutralise dangerous Tiger goal shooter Jordan Furness.
Salanoa and Erin Jay’s hard work in the defensive ring helped turn the ball over, and with Eve Gregor helping to move it effectively from defence to attack it provided plenty of scoring chances for Chloe Meulenmeesters, who finished with 40 goals.
For Lancefield the standouts were wing attack Brianna De Haas and wing defence Ella Stoward.
Furness also worked hard in her match-up against Salanoa, finishing with a respectable return of 23 goals from 29 attempts.
The Tigers will host Romsey this weekend in a battle of the bottom two sides, while Wallan faces a challenge against top side Riddell on the road.