Stanhope coach Kerrie Gray said an incorrect scoreboard ‘‘tainted’’ her side’s one-goal loss to Avenel in the Kyabram District Netball League.
The Lions were playing catch-up netball for most of Saturday’s clash, but as their game finished the scoreboard showed the Lions had lost by four goals, rather than the actual 26-25 margin.
‘‘The scoreboard was incorrect, it said we were down by four when we were really down by one and none of us knew that until after the game,’’ Gray said.
‘‘I think that it just tainted the game a little and if the girls knew we were as close as what we were, who knows what could have happened in the final few minutes.’’
Gray’s Lions, who had won eight games in a row, led for only a few minutes in the first quarter.
‘‘It was a frantic and exciting first quarter, we both started off good and then I think they probably just had the better of us,’’ Gray said.
Rylee Kruger was instrumental across midcourt, while Jenna Oliver and Sarah West were composed in defence, but Gray believed it was the whole team’s contribution that brought her side so close to the victory.
‘‘There is always going to be one or two players who play very well, but I thought the whole team was exceptional from start to finish,’’ Gray said.
‘‘It was an even game from our girls and I think it gives them great confidence knowing they can match it with the leagues best.’’
With only three other games taking place this round, Girgarre thumped Ardmona 58-25 at home.
The Kangaroos won their second game this season and sit just one win behind Ardmona in 11th position.
Nagambie proved too strong for Merrigum, winning 43-18.
The Lakers bounced back after last week’s loss to the Lions, but the Bulldogs have lost two on the trot, before winning three straight before that.
Rushworth ended its nine-game winless streak after finally securing the four points against Longwood.
The Tigers were far too strong for the Redlegs as the hosts secured their fourth win of the season, 46-18.