Cats derail Bombers train

April 09, 2018

Let's go: Mooroopna's Emma Tuttleby has eyes for a team mate.

Stalwart in defence: Mooroopna's Maddi Wong began her season with a best-on-court performance for her side.

Jostling for position: Mooroopna's Lauren Reidy calls for the lob and Kyabram's Rachel McCormack-Vick tries to anticipate the move.

Well positioned: Kyabram's Emma Roberts movement in the ring leaves no chance of a intercept from Mooroopna's Ash Lancaster.

Kyabram’s winning streak has come to an end.

After an undefeated season last year and consecutive premierships, Mooroopna can hold its head high as the team responsible for ending the Bombers’ magnificent run.

But it was a Kyabram outfit unrecognisable from last year.

Not one player from the Goulburn Valley League premiership side took to the court in the changing of the guard, with Rebecca Squires leading the way.

The goal keeper was under plenty of pressure as a typical first game showing did not exhibit players’ best skills.

While low scoring, there was plenty keeping Squires busy as she and Rachel McCormack-Vick had some craft to contend with via Lauren Murray and Lauren Reidy in goals for Mooroopna.

Murray took over from former Kyabram player Ash Warren in goal attack in the second half and her pace never faulted as she darted into the circle.

‘‘I was pleased for her (Murray), she’s been with the club since juniors and is really coming on, so it’s good for her to play seniors, Jenni McCluskey our elder statesman was good in the first quarter when she got her rhythm going,’’ Cats coach Jenny Barlow said.

Mooroopna’s accuracy was not as strong as it could have been, with first round nerves coming from Murray and goal shooter Reidy.

In a game where only 54 goals were scored, the Cats scored just 14 goals in the first half, adding 17 in the second.

While the attack end had a different look about it, Maddi Wong and Ash Lancaster stood up in defence, while teenager Emma Tuttleby had a run through the midcourt.

Based in Melbourne, Tuttleby is related to assistant coach Amy Marshall and the youngster received plenty of guidance from Lancaster and Mia Fallon.

Preparing for a match against a new Kyabram starting seven, Barlow said getting ready to face the reigning premier in round one was like any other match.

‘‘They’re always good and they were undermanned, but every team will be a bit of a challenge this year because they’re all different and have different structures,’’ she said.

Having analysed her side’s first game, Barlow will put the hours at training into creating effective movement of the ball through the attacking third.

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