THE Hamilton Kangaroos netballers turned more than a few heads at the Hampden pre-season Athlete’s Foot Cup at Port Fairy on Saturday, dominating in their group matches before reaching the grand final.
One must be wary when assessing pre-season competition form, especially when there was a variety of clubs who were far from full strength, but it wasn’t just the results that brought last season’s also-rans under notice, it was the way in which the Kangaroos worked together and produced those results.
The Kangaroos only missed out on walking away with the trophy when last season’s premier, North Warrnambool, scored 5-0 in the latter part of the first half of the grand final, with a momentary lapse of concentration after a hectic schedule costing the team dearly in their 13-16 loss.
It was a game effort from the Kangaroos, who had a mix of A grade and A1 players available, as well as emerging star Bec VanKalken in a nine player squad which had a few rotations during the usually wet, and at times torrentially so, day.
The new look Roos started its campaign against Cobden and only two of last year’s team was among those who took to Court Two, in Ally Feely in the centre and Amanda Huf in the goal defence bib.
Right from the opening centre pass, the Kangaroos were right on their game and the Bombers looked completely outclassed.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.