Lisa Hueston starred for the Kyabram District Netball League in its thrilling 41-39 victory against Golden Rivers at Murrabit on Saturday.
Midcourter Hueston created plenty of problems in the defensive third and her ability to dictate play had coach Julie Telford full of praise for her Tallygaroopna teammate.
‘‘She was incredible, a real worthy best-on-court winner,’’ Telford said.
‘‘She plays a fast game, she is skilful and has the fitness to get around the court. Her passing was on point too.’’
Telford’s side struggled initially and trailed at quarter-time, but the experienced coach kept faith in her starting seven before changing things around at half-time.
‘‘Our first quarter was a little slow, we were down by a few, but we picked it up in the second and got moving, so we played good netball,’’ Telford said.
‘‘We made some changes at half-time, swapped a few players around and to the girls’ credit they came out firing in the third quarter.’’
After an impressive premiership quarter, first-time captain Leanna Couston was delighted with how her side jumped out to a seven-goal lead.
‘‘Our third quarter was awesome, we smashed it out of the ball park and it set us up for the win,’’ Couston said.
‘‘The girls hit their straps and we really got a run on.’’
Couston, who had a cold in the lead-up to Saturday’s game, was taken off halfway through the last and the attacker was forced to miss the last part of the game.
‘‘I was really ill, I was all clogged up and the heat got to me, so I did not see the final few minutes,’’ Couston said.
‘‘I was really nervous, I could hear everyone cheering, but could not see what was going on.’’
In a seesawing final term, Golden Rivers closed the margin to one goal before Kyabram District pushed back and extended its lead to five, before one last hurrah from Golden Rivers.
Fortunately for Telford’s side, it was able to hold on.
‘‘I was so happy for the girls, they represented themselves and league tremendously, they played fantastic netball and I could not be any more prouder to come away with the win,’’ Telford said.
‘‘Hopefully we can back it up and go again next year.’’
Meanwhile, Kyabram District’s under-17 side was outclassed 42-23 against Golden Rivers.