North Heidelberg 1 have reminded the rest of their Section 1 opponents that they will be a difficult team to beat this season, following an impressive six goal victory over Diamond Creek 1 at La Trobe Sports Stadium.
This was the second time in 2022 that these two sides had played, with the Bulldogs putting together a dominant four quarter display to prevail by eight goals in the final round of grading.
Friday night was no different, as a 30-23 goal first half, set the tone for the Bulldogs’ 59-53 win, keeping them undefeated in this year’s campaign.
Rebecca Colwell was outstanding as the Bulldogs’ Goal Shooter scoring 55 of her side’s 59 goals, whilst the midcourt duo of whilst Chylah Rogers’ role as centre was imperative to North Heidelberg’s triumph.
Beth Chiuchiareli played a key role in defence for the Creekers, limiting Bulldogs Goal Attack Paris Bosschieter to just four goals while Emmalia Blake was influential in the shooting circle, putting through an impressive 44 goals.
With Diamond Creek having won all but one of Section 1 premierships/minor premierships in the NFNL netball competition, the Bulldogs will sense Friday’s win as a change of the guard in the topflight.
Colwell got things going for North Heidelberg from the first whistle, scoring all 16 of her side’s first term goals, helping them establish a handy five goal lead at quarter time.
The Bulldogs continued to push forward throughout the first half, with their midcourt firing on all cylinders to give their attacking teammates every opportunity to score.
However, an 11-goal effort from Blake meant the Creekers weren’t out of the contest just yet, despite trailing by seven goals at the main break.
Diamond Creek began to level things up in the third term, as a 12-goal quarter from Blake as well as some great efforts from Bronwyn Taylor kept the Creekers at that seven-goal margin heading into the final term.
Although the Creekers continued to do all they could to reduce the gap, the Bulldogs proved too strong in the end, with a third consecutive 13 goal quarter from Colwell sealing the victory.