ATW Gold glistens with big victory
IT WAS a new venue at Shalom College, but it was the same old story for Bundaberg Netball Division 1 premiers Across The Waves (ATW) Gold.
They were in a class of their own, downing Alloway Purple 33-14 in the first of two grading rounds on Saturday, and long-serving player/coach Sandi Baker, who has retained the reins while stepping down to play in their Division 2 team this year, was delighted.
“It was good to start the season with a nice win. It was only a trial, but it gave me an idea of how the players are going to perform this year,” Baker said.
“I have taken on board another new young player into the team from Division 2 and development is what we do in this club when a spot becomes available.
“I dropped out and into the defence comes a young girl, Meg Bowmaker, who has been with us for four years after coming from a nipper, and she did very well.
“Ashley Black also had a very good game. She has not had a lot of court time in the last year or two, but she got a chance to show her ability at goal attack.
“Carly McCann has moved into goal attack and those two performed quite well together, but our defence is still much the same with Sharyn Batt, Sarah Finch and Donita Stains.”
ATW's second Division 1 team, Blue, were beaten 22-21 by last year's grand finalists Blazers, but Baker was also very pleased with their performance, with goal attack Ella Ross, centre Rhianna Johnson and defender Kara Williams their best.
“They were a development team last year but I think they will be very, very competitive this season. We have two strong ATW A-grade sides,” she said.
The difference in grades was evident as Alloway Blue overpowered Natives 1 42-18 in the one Division 1/2 match played.