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    Harrow Balmoral's A Grade team after winning their first game in two seasonsL-R : Rori Mason, Life Member Ann Anson, Jorja Jones, Emily Langley, Edwina Lees, Febey McClure, Amanda Russell, Maddi Uebergang, Sophie Antonello, Tara McIntyre, Tori Dunstan, Amber McClure
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    Harrow Balmoral's Febey McClure passes the ball
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    Pimpinio's Steph Runciman and Harrow Balmoral's Tori Dunstan go up for the ball
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    Harrow Balmoral's A Grade Coach Emily Langley celebrates her teams first win for the season after the final siren
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    Harrow Balmoral's A Grade Coach Emily Langley
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    HB's Emily Langley, Pimpinio's Ada Binney
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    Pimpinio's Steph Runciman defended by Harrow Balmoral's Amanda Russell
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    Amanda Russell

Harrow-Balmoral netballers celebrate long-awaited win

Harrow-Balmoral’s A Grade netballers will enter the King’s Birthday long weekend bye on a high after notching their first win of the Horsham District Football Netball League season.

The Roos went winless in 2023 and, despite some competitive performances, were unable to break through this season until Saturday’s 43-39 victory against Pimpinio.


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Coach Emily Langley was thrilled her team was rewarded for its effort.

“It was such a good feeling to finally get that one ticked off, especially because most of the girls who played last year didn’t get to have a win,” she said.

Harrow-Balmoral started strongly, leading 25-18 at half time before Pimpinio made a run in the third quarter.

“They just kept going. They were really strong in their midcourt and our girls made a few errors in our attack line,” Langley said.

“But our defensive pressure across the court helped bring the ball down and give our young girls in the goal ring chances to put their shots up.”

Langley praised the effort of centre Febey McClure, who worked hard to provide defensive pressure and fed goalies Tara McIntyre and Tori Dunstan.

McIntyre, who also plays in Harrow-Balmoral’s 17-and-under side, started at goal shooter to conserve energy in the first half before switching with Dunstan. Pimpinio’s Holly Ross spent time on both McIntyre and Dunstan and was one of her team’s standouts, along with goal shooter Lana Ellis, who netted 22 of her 37 attempts.

Langley said the Roos’ goal was to continue building momentum in the second half of the year.

“In the second half of the season we should have our full team, which will be a huge positive. We’ll get Amber McClure back from her ACL injury and Jorja Jones back from her ankle injury in round one,” Langley said.

“Our whole team is under the age of 30, so I have a lot of praise for our girls for being able to step up to some other teams that have far more experience.

“Our girls keep giving effort and pushing teams, and I can’t ask for more than that.”

In other results, Kaniva-Leeor United kept itself in the finals hunt with a 45-38 win against Taylors Lake, led by huge last quarters from midcourters Sinead Kuchel and Lauren Brown.

The Cougars now trail reigning premier Edenhope-Apsley, currently sixth on the ladder, by four points after the Saints fell to Rupanyup 58-22.

Panthers Victoria Taylor and coach Jedda Heard formed a brick wall in defence, allowing only four goals in a miserly first quarter. Morgan Coventry was Edenhope-Apsley’s top performer at wing defence.

Noradjuha-Quantong led from start to finish in its match against Kalkee but never broke away, needing four quarters of effort to ensure a 48-41 win.

Brooke Pay excelled at goal defence and Holly Nuske provided her customary strong play in the centre for the Bombers, while wing defence Emily Polack and keeper Clair McDonald were Kalkee’s best.

Laharum maintained its unbeaten record with a strong showing in the Battle of the Rocks at Cameron Oval.

Behind a best-on-court performance from captain Liv Jones-Story and 29 goals from Maddie Iredell, the Demons marched to a 66-26 win despite the best efforts of Rams Emma Uebergang and Emily Hateley.

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