THE Marong Panthers clawed their way from a three-goal deficit at the start of the last quarter to win the A-grade netball clash at Inglewood in Saturday’s start to the Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League season.
In a great contest, Inglewood marked its return to A-grade action by surging to a six goal lead by half-time.
Inspired by the play of Tahnee McKibbin in attack, Marong unleashed a 24-goal blitz in the last term to win by 11 goals.
On a day where Inglewood also paid tribute to the late Kaye Cohalan, the best on court medal was awarded to Marong mid-courter Bianca Jones.
The Panthers best included Elise Chambers, Kim Dalton and McKibbin, 22 goals in a half.
Although disappointed not to have won, Inglewood will have gained plenty of belief and confidence in the club’s first hit-out in A-grade in 12 months.
Best for the Blues in Saturday’s match were Tegan Phillips and Charlotte Edlin in midcourt, and goaler Tayla Simpson.
Closest match of the opening round was at Marist College in Maiden Gully where Mitiamo beat Maiden Gully YCW, 48-41.
It was a closely-fought contest at Calivil United where Newbridge scored a 60-52 victory.
The reigning premiers, Bridgewater marked a 47-27 win on Pyramid Hill’s court at Mitchell Park.
Round two, Saturday, April 13:
Marong v Calivil United at Discover Marong Park.
Mitiamo v Pyramid Hill at John Forbes Oval.
Bridgewater v Maiden Gully YCW Eagles at Laser Plumbing Bendigo Oval.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine v Inglewood at Serpentine Recreation Reserve.
Newbridge has the bye.