HEYWOOD produced the biggest upset of the opening round of the South West District Netball League by knocking off reigning premier Cavendish on its home court.
The Lions, which in 2014 is largely made up of the club’s A reserve side from last season, seemed undaunted by the difficult task of taking on the hotly tipped Bloods in the first game of the season, playing with a freedom that sometimes comes from lack of expectation.
The home side started with the opening centre pass but the Lions turned it over and converted almost instantly, sending a clear message that the opening round clash would not be the comfortable Cavendish victory many in the league expected.
Cavendish worked its way into the game as the quarter went on but by the break it was Heywood leading 11 to eight.
Some strong pressure through the midcourt from Hayley Friend and Sharnah Malseed saw Cavendish continue to turn the ball over through the second quarter and with Heywood’s shooters Tayarrah Morris and Nadia Rose making the most of each opportunity in the goal circle the Lions quickly raced away to a 12-goal advantage.
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