Saints raise defensive intensity

April 19, 2024 BY

Tough contest: The Saints are set to face a strong opposition in Colbinabbin this weekend. Photo: FILE

STRONGER defensive mindset will be a key for Heathcote in the A-grade netball match at Colbinabbin in Saturday’s third round of the Bendigo Bank Heathcote DFNL season.

The unbeaten Saints make their way to Colbinabbin’s M.J. Morgan Oval to face a team on the rebound from consecutive defeats.

Heathcote co-coach and mid-court star Brooke Bolton said it will be a tough contest.

“Colbinabbin’s been a strong team for many years and has a lot of young talent,” said Bolton.

“They have a strong and accurate goaling end.

“It will be important to minimise their goalers impact as much as possible.”

Bolton and co-coach Kelsey Hayes will urge their team to capitalise on attacks.

“It’s important to keep the scoreboard pressure on.”

“Kelsey and I are confident that when our team plays its best, we will be able to do this.

“We need to start well and play a consistent four quarters.”

A knee injury sustained in the opening round win against Mount Pleasant at Toolleen has meant Hayes could face extended time on the sidelines.

“Scans show Kelsey has a partial tear of her ACL and she’s been referred to a surgeon.”

“It’s unlikely she will be on court again this season which we are really disappointed about.”

Wing attack Chelsea Caughey hurt her knee in the third quarter of the match against LBU and was subbed out of the game.

“We are hoping Chelsea will not miss too many games,” said Bolton.

Heathcote has recruited Chloe Hill to play in defence.

“Chloe played A-grade for Benalla in the Goulburn Valley and in ’22 earned the club’s best and fairest award.

“She had a real impact for us against LBU.”

Goalkeeper Jen Van Neutengem, goal shooter Sophie Pica, and Isobel Caughey were best for the Saints against the Cats.