Round seven South West Netball Football League action at the weekend was kicked off by Harvey-BrunswickLeschenault and Collie on Saturday.
The Lions’ strong starting seven were far too good for Collie, taking the first quarter honours 18-6 on their way to a commanding 52-30 win.
Collie rang the changes at the first break with Karen Long coming off the bench and into centre for the Eagles.
She had an immediate impact and working with Melanie Lasisz and Aimee Towler, brought the ball through the court and into the goalies.
As a result Collie won the second quarter 11-8.
HBL brought three sets of fresh legs onto the court for the second half while Collie threw young star Myra Ugle in to the mix at goal attack.
Another good quarter of netball was produced by both teams.
Ramai Gurnick impressed in her return to the centre for the Lions and worked well with wing attack Angela Repacholi and Marlene Byass in goals.
Nicole Jones and Ellena Clazie worked hard in defence for Collie while Kate Edgeloe and Stacey Anaru did the same at the other end for HBL.
But it was the young Lions’ wing defence Eliza Vlasich who stole the show, producing some great netball with exceptional intercepts on the edge of the circle and through the court.
HBL finished off the game with a solid last quarter to claim a convincing 22-goal victory.
In Margaret River, South Bunbury became the unbeaten Hawks’ latest victim after going down 50-29.
Janet Smith and Morgan Stark were far too strong in defence for Augusta-Margaret River, while goalie Emily Bongers continued her accuracy at the ring.
Bongers has an 87 per cent shooting average for the season. The Hawks’ strength at both ends of the court is going to be a hurdle for the other teams to get over in 2012.
Augusta-Margaret River are clear on top of the ladder with HBL and Bunbury sitting in second and third place respectively.
Both the Hawks and Bunbury have a bye this week while HBL should defeat the Harvey Bulls to remain second.
In the A Reserve division Bunbury had an arrow 35-32 win over Donnybrook.
Ebony Trigwell played a top game in defence for Donnybrook while Ashlee Ritson and Cass Shine were best for Bunbury.