Barooga was warned not to underestimate league newcomer Tungamah in its round 10 battle and it was lucky it did not, escaping with a hard-fought five-goal win at Barooga Recreation Reserve.
The Hawks reversed their trend of starting games slowly and flew out the blocks to lead by five goals at the first change.
Despite having extended their lead, the Hawks endured a nervy finish to the game as the Bears began to cut down the margin in the last quarter.
Thankfully for Barooga, it managed to hold down the fort with some stern defence to help keep its season well and truly alive.
Co-coach Sharni Hazelman was rapt with her team’s performance, particularly in the opening exchanges.
‘‘Our first half was probably the best netball we have produced all season. We have seemed to be starting slow, but our aim was to come out and start strong and that is what we did,’’ Hazelman said.
She said it was a difficult match to try and single out individual performances.
‘‘To be honest it was a big team effort. Everyone probably played their best game of the year, which definitely helped.
‘‘Everyone on the court did their job and that’s the main reason we got the result we did.
‘‘Taylah Hazelman and Abbey Jones got our awards, but our defence was also fantastic all day.’’
In the front of the court, Taylah Hazelman produced another strong performance to finish with 36 goals, while Jones was an able sidekick with 16.
Hazelman said key facets of the game such as rebounding strongly in defence and applying fierce pressure around the court were areas the Hawks had been working on.
Barooga will have a chance to recharge its batteries with a bye scheduled this round.