• Stick skills build strong start

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    BEECHWORTH Hockey Club’s season kicked off with division two women’s team coming away with a nil-all draw against last years premiers United.

    Indi Rowe kept well with some great saves and Sophie Fraser’s positional play was spot on.

    The division three women made a strong start to the season with a 6-1 win over Falcons.

    Beechworth’s men’s team had the bye but is looking forward to great things this weekend with the junior sides also expected to begin the season.

    Saturday, in the meantime, was tough for Beechworth netball which hosted Wodonga Saints in the first round of the Tallangatta and District Football-Netball League season.

    The Bushrangers lost all six netball matches but the A grade loss was the hardest to process.

    Beechworth lost by just one goal, 24-23, with both sides struggling to make their shots count as they shot below 50 per cent of their attempts, but coach Carina Tenace said the low shooting totals were not the reason behind the loss.

    “We started slowly, and were four goals down for most of the game,” Tenace said.

    “We were able to fight back in the last quarter, but we fell short, we didn’t time our run at the end very well – it was just a little too late.

    “I am definitely not blaming the shooting, it was the same for both sides – we needed to lift as a team.

    “It is obviously something we need to work on.”

    Tenace said the Bushrangers’ transitional play will need to improve when they travel to Tallangatta for their clash with the Hoppers.

    “Working together as a team, our flow down the court and our fight for possession of the ball are all things we need to improve upon,” she said.

    “We will have a full side to choose from this week after only having six A grade players and two B graders available last week.”

     

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