City West Falcons came out switched on and ready to go in their Victorian Netball League championship clash with North East Blaze.
Playing in the first round since the competition split into two pools, the Falcons put in one of their best performances of the season on Wednesday night in the 80-60 win.
Falcons coach Marg Lind said the final result and margin was a bit of a surprise.
Lind has worked with many of the Blaze players and was wary of the talented young player they have.
“We were pretty much on fire,” she said.
“We had good flow and speed and we were looking physically strong and in good shape.
“Last time they played us they had a bit more speed, they lacked that this time round.
“The question is whether we can now continue that momentum.”
Lind said they had some really good performances across the court.
She said Montana Holmes continued to impress in the midcourt.
“Montana has brought a really good vibe to the side and a really positive addition to the side,” Lind said.
“When you get a new player in it can swing the vibe one way or the other. She has really swung the vibe in the right direction.”
Lind said the three goalers did well, with an ill Maddy Gray switching in goal attack with Tee Salanoa.
She said Jane Cook showed some real good leadership in the circle with her voice and work with the other two goalers.
Maggie Lind also had a good game, coming off playing with Collingwood in the Super Netball competition on the weekend.
Maggie Lind, in her second game for the Magpies, started at wing attack, in the absence of Kelsey Browne.
For Marg Lind, it meant seeing a combination she is very familiar with – her daughter and Molly Jovic in the midcourt together.
“It was really good,” she said. “They both came through the under-11s at Altona Netball Association and went all the way through.
“It shows the kids what they can achieve.”
The Falcons are due to face the Hawks this week.
Lind said with the structure confirmed for the season, they now needed to continue to stay focused and have some fun out there.
“We’ve got nothing to lose,” she said. “If we can get there [a premiership] it will be good, if not we had fun playing.”