HEATHCOTE’S run in A grade has gone from bad to worse in the Heathcote and District Netball League following a 25-goal hiding from Leitchville Gunbower on Saturday.
The Saints were at Gunbower Recreation Reserve for the clash which ended 61-36 to the home side.
They’re still in search of their first win this season which is most likely to come in round 16 against Elmore.
Before then the Saints will host a tough opponent in Mount Pleasant who are sitting third on the league ladder, one spot above L-Gunbower.
The Bombers were desperate for the win on Saturday to secure its handle on finals.
With two players out it meant there were no changes made from their starting seven and their consistency reflected on the scoreboard as they mounted an early lead which continued to increase as the game wore on.
Heathcote’s defence gave its best efforts, however there was little which could be done once it got into the hands of the Bombers’ accurate goalers.
Jordy Holman rarely missed in GS, making it difficult for Tanya O’Halloran and Kyra McCulloch to get any defensive rebounds.
The attacking end combined well to capitalise on their centre passes with only four goals separating teams at quarter time (9-13).
The Saints were in the contest at half time, and showed plenty of determination in the first two quarters to be down by just eight to the fourth-ranked team.
They played beyond expectations of what their 0-13 record would suggest and made the Bombers work for every ball.
But they looked to drop their heads in the second half while the opposition kept their cool and stamped their authority in the third to score 19-6.
The Bombers extended the margin to 21 at the final change and the Saints couldn’t recover.
They were outscored by four goals in the fourth, their fitness proving a standard below that of the top four sides.
It’s something they will need to work on ahead of this weekend’s game against Mounts before taking it to their nearest competitor in Elmore next week.