KORUMBURRA-BENA has drawn first blood in the fight for Alberton FNL A Grade Netball supremacy with a powerful 17-goal win over arch rival Dalyston at Dalyston.
The two sides with a fierce history over the past few years came into the match as the top two sides on the ladder.
And the contest didn’t disappoint in the opening quarter with Dalyston goal attack Jarney Thomas scoring the first two goals of the match.
It didn’t take long for the Giants to work their way into the play, with Kimberley Hillberg popping in her side’s first two goals.
The Giants gained the slight upper hand at the first break with a 9-6 lead.
Dalyston youngster Alana McRae nailed the first goal of the second quarter to keep the Magpies in touch, before the class and experience of the Giants started to show.
A long pass by Christie Hillberg to sister Kimberley saw the sharpshooter provide an instant reply, which started a run of three unanswered goals.
Swift passing and fast ball movement by the more experienced Giants ensured the lead stretched out to nine goals at half time.
Dalyston injected experienced campaigner Tess Angarane into the contest to replace Alyce Abriola in the third quarter, as the Magpies staged a comeback.
But the Giants held off any surges by Dalyston, to maintain a 12-goal buffer at the final break.
It proved to be Korumburra-Bena’s day as they ran out convincing winners in the final term and moved to the top of the ladder.
The combination of Emma Kyle and Kimberley Hillberg got the job done again and again in the goal circle.
Shooting for a premiership four-peat, the Giants looked slick throughout the match and will be hard to beat this season.
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