THE battle of the unbeaten ladders in the South West District Netball League at Heywood on Saturday did not disappoint, with many supporters already hotly anticipating the rematch in round 11.
The Lions produced one of the fight backs of the season to salvage a one-goal win in an entertaining and defensively dominated match in chilly, wintry conditions.
The one exception to the defensive dominance early in the game was Tyrendarra goal attack Adele Curran, who put on a clinical demonstration of shooting accuracy despite strong pressure from Heywood coach Alicia Tavare and Aleesha Holmes.
Curran had built up an early buffer for the Darras before the Lions were able to convert through Tayarrah Morris, with the Darras seeming to control the play throughout the quarter.
The Lions made a concerted effort to settle through the latter stages of the quarter, with Holmes producing a number of interceptions through great timing but then slowing down the play again in transition to possess the ball into attack.
The stifling pressure of Darra defenders Emma Baulch and Kate Nunn made life tough for Morris and fellow Heywood shooter Nadia Rose, who rarely got a second chance and were often having to adjust their shot to avoid the towering reach of Baulch.
By quarter time the Darras had slipped away to a three-goal lead.
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