Camperdown centre Rachel Rodger beats her Warrnambool and District Yellow counterpart Anna Archie to the ball. ANY anticipation of a tight tussle between Camperdown Night Netball Association and Warrnambool and District Yellow was blown out of the water in the first term last night.
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The classy Camperdown outfit crushed Yellow’s Western Regional State League finals hopes almost immediately before racing to the convincing 69-47 victory.

It was still a feisty encounter and at times the enthusiasm of Yellow suggested a fightback was brewing.

But the unflappable Magpies cruised along with purpose and precision to collect a ticket to the first round of open finals next week.

Camperdown playing-coach Rachel Rodger, who battled Anna Archie in the centre, said it was important to fire out of the blocks.

“I think our start probably threw them,” she said.

“We got a jump on them at the beginning. We got a six-to-eight goal lead early then pushed away.”

The Magpies soared to a 19-12 lead at quarter-time, dominating the midcourt and attacking ends.

“I did say before the game that our start was a focus,” Rodger said.

“Getting a good start is crucial (and) it really set the tone.”

Camperdown goal attack Kate Wilson starred in the second term, zipping around opponent Claire Wines and pulling in intercepts as a makeshift defender in the centre third.

The margin blew out to 10 early but the pace and control of Sarah Madden from wing defence and the reliable conversions of goal attack Danielle McInerney and Katie Burt reduced the difference back to 32-25 at half-time.

“Kate (Wilson) has added some real speed to our team,” Rodger said.

“She shot well and created space for (shooter) Narelle (Welsh).”

Versatile Magpie Leah Sinnott switched to goal defence, making room for Emily Stephens to step into her trademark wing defence position.

Yellow made one change, sending Stacy Rohan to wing defence.

But Camperdown opened the third term with three unanswered goals, eventually skipping out to an 11-goal lead.

Yellow’s intensity dropped, causing hesitation and mistakes.

Sinnott’s optimistic long-range rugby-like pass late in the term, which made its way down the court for a goal, epitomised Camperdown’s confident quarter.

“We’ve been playing pretty good netball,” Rodger said.

“Our defensive pressure was as good as it has been and in attack we didn’t make many mistakes.”

Trailing 52-37, Yellow reverted to its familiar attacking trio of Burt in shooter, Rhiannon Davis in goal attack and McInerney in wing attack, but its defensive line-up continued to be outplayed.

The Magpies went through the motions in the fourth, with all players proving their worth on the court.

“To be able to play this comp leading into the Hampden league season has just been the perfect preparation for us,” Rodger said.

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