Hawks dominate Eagles to take points in season opener | Mininera and District Netball Association

KEY: Tatyoon's Jane Astbury contributed to the Hawks' big win against Ararat Eagles on Saturday. Picture: Peter Pickering
KEY: Tatyoon's Jane Astbury contributed to the Hawks' big win against Ararat Eagles on Saturday. Picture: Peter Pickering

Tatyoon had the biggest win of the round, downing Ararat by 37 goals to finish top of the ladder after the opening round of the Mininera and District Netball Association on Saturday afternoon.

Maggie Astbury had an impressive day in the goal ring for the Hawks swapping between goal attack and goal shooter for the visitors.

Astbury netted 38 goals for the day for an overall accuracy of 83 per cent to continue her form under the ring from last season and lead her team to a round one victory.

The Eagles’ job was made all the more tougher with goal defender Sarah West leaving the court at quarter time and was unable to return for the rest of the game.

The 2017 grand finalists showed they were going to be a force to be reckoned with again this year, continuing the domination late in the game to finish 63-26 winners at the final whistle.

It was positive signs for the Hawks, winning all four quarters, scoring 17 goals in the first term and continued the efficiency in goals for the rest of the match.

The Eagles struggled to get the full squad to training for much of the preseason and it showed on the court during the game, but as each week goes by, the team should improve and become more competitive against the better teams.

Jacqeline Mcdougall played a solid game at centre for Tatyoon in her first game as A Grade coach, getting the better of opponents Lisa Haddow and Carly Croton across the four quarters.

Ararat Eagles goalie Christina Kingi was named her team’s best after netting nine goals for the home side while Genesis Rameka provided support in the attacking third, finishing the game with 12 goals from her 20 attempts.

The Eagles will have a week to re-group after the loss and work on some things before travelling to Mininera to take on the SMW Rovers in round two in a match the team could be a chance to win.

Tatyoon will be at home for the first time this year when the Hawks host Lismore-Derrinallum in a game which the club hopes to unveil its new netball changerooms.