Bulldogs Verdelho take comfortable win over Panthers WWL

BULLDOGS Verdelho put all other Bathurst Netball Association A grade teams on notice with their 50-point win over Panthers WWL on Saturday.

NO YOU DON'T: Bulldogs Verdelho's Maddy McAlister blocks a pass from a Panthers WWL opponent in Saturday's match. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 051317cnetb1

NO YOU DON'T: Bulldogs Verdelho's Maddy McAlister blocks a pass from a Panthers WWL opponent in Saturday's match. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 051317cnetb1

Bulldogs put aside a shaky start to run well clear of the Panthers in a 63-13 result and claim their second win of the season.

Winning coach Michael Germech said having a squad close to 100 per cent in strength demonstrated his side’s potential.

“Our defensive end is very strong, and this was the first game where we had all our players back. Our shooters really started to fire,” he said.

“It took a while for them all to get in sync, and we probably could have scored even more.”

Several Bulldogs players stood tall in the victory.

“Our goalkeeper Kate Burns is a very talented player and she played really well. Our goal defence, Grace Broadfield, was really strong for us as well,” Germech said.

“It’s great for us to have Danita Lane back at shooter. She gives us a great focus point in attack.

“For us to restrict our opponents to just 13 goals, you know the defence is doing something right.”

The win was a great way for Bulldogs to bounce back after a 22-point loss to Panthers A in the previous round.

It was a round of runaway victories in Saturday’s A grade action.

The closest of the other three contests was the match between Panthers A and Mana Wasps. Panthers continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 54-30 victory.

Panthers are still joined in the unbeaten ranks after Collegians Mystified also found success on Saturday.

Collegians were an unstoppable offensive force in an 81-24 win over Nova Pursuit.

LJ Hooker Hawks recovered from a defeat last round to record a strong 50-17 triumph over Panthers Mustangs.

Panthers A and Collegians sit on nine points while both Bulldogs and Hawks are not far away on seven.

The remaining undefeated squads, Collegians and Panthers A, will meet next round in what will be the biggest match of the BNA A grade season to date.

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