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Hoppers do not come a cropper in A-gradereturn

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April 09, 2018

After not fielding an A-grade netball side last year, the Grasshoppers pulled off an emotional win on Saturday, knocking off Jerilderie by eight goals.

Yarroweyah has done it.

After not fielding an A-grade netball side last year, the Grasshoppers pulled off an emotional win on Saturday, knocking off Jerilderie by eight goals.

New co-coaches Miranda Bond and Kirrily Jones led from the front, but it was a team effort that dragged the side across the line.

For the Demons, it was predicted to be a tough season and the result did not offer much evidence to the contrary.

Reigning Picola league south-east premier Waaia eased its way into the new campaign with a comfortable win against Katamatite.

Under the watchful eye of new coach Kirby Shanahan, the Bombers did not have to hit top gear, cruising to a 26-goal triumph.

Waaia skipper Nicole Brown left no doubt as to how excited her premiership-winning side was to challenge itself against the new teams.

‘‘We’ve been building it up a lot in our heads, so to get out there and show everyone what we can actually do and how strong we still are was really great,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re excited to have a go at playing some different people, it’s a bit more exciting to have a larger competition and see what the other side of the league is like.

‘‘We’re all a bit excited to have a crack at these new teams.’’

Picola United showed it could be a team to watch this year, easing to a 28-goal win against Mathoura.

With Kat Wippel back at the helm, it was much of the same for the Timbercutters, who only managed two wins last year.

United has welcomed a string of new stars including Sophie Lindsay, Leslee Grame and Ashleigh Brewis, and it was an ominous showing from a side looking for a jump up the table after only managing a 7-9 record last year.

And Blighty has won a thriller against Katunga in a battle of Picola league north-west and south-east.

The sides ranked third in their respective divisions squared off in a heavyweight battle in Katunga, and it was the Redeyes who came through with the goods, pinching a five-goal win.

Blighty had a coach at either end — Rhiannan Maxwell at goal attack and Molly Cochrane at goal keeper — and the leadership seemed to pay off as they pulled off an important win.

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