Hampden Green wing attack Jacqui Bowman (left) and Camperdown Night Netball Association’s wing defence Stacey Hall grapple for the ball in last night’s clash.HAMPDEN Green continued its merry Western Regional State League run last night, surviving an early scare to outclass form open side Camperdown Night Netball Association.
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Despite the absence of a handful of quality players, the unbeaten Green was rock-solid at Warrnambool Stadium, triumphing 54-40.

The two sides played similar, direct styles of games but it was Green who had the edge of youth and pace, assisted by two capable options on the bench at all times.

Camperdown kept in touch with the ladder-leader for the opening half but came unstuck in the third term, costing the game.

“We had quite a few missing but we’re quite a steady side and we’ve gelled really well together,” Green coach Kate Foster said.

“The girls are real team players so that’s been working for us.

“We knew if we were with them at half-time we should be able to keep working and break away.”

Every match-up across the court offered quality battles as Green pushed ahead to a 12-10 lead at quarter-time.

The second term was just as tight. Camperdown showcased the speedy and determined Kate Wilson at goal attack, working with shooter Narelle Welsh.

But classy Green combination Danielle McLeod and Marissa Chapman were only just getting started as the Hampden side held a 23-22 lead at half-time.

“Danielle has been playing really well for us,” Foster said.

“It was Marissa’s first game back after injuring her ankle two weeks ago, so that’s why she was playing at goal shooter. But she was really smart and shot accurately.”

Green’s Jacqui Bowman was typically influential in the midcourt, while Chapman and McLeod made hard work for Magpies defenders Chelsea Castles and Emma Wright.

Camperdown looked out of sorts for most of the third term and trailed 40-33 at the last change.

Hampden’s defensive wall of Indi Morrison at wing defence, Kasey Owen at goal defence and Jess O’Connor at keeper was unbreakable by the fourth term.

Camperdown’s Leah Sinnott tried her best to direct play from wing defence but her calls went mostly unanswered.

“We were quite controlled and looked after the ball. I think that was the difference,” Foster said.

“We’d like to make finals now that we’re in this position but we have been fortunate to have a good draw. We’re coming into a really tough run with Hampden White next week.”

In the early 17 and under matches last night, Hampden Red defeated South West District 51-31 and Hampden White had Colac and District’s measure 52-34.

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