Reigning netball premiers Laharum showed they are still the side to beat in 2021, as the Horsham and District Football Netball League got underway.
Laharum won its first A Grade premiership in 2019, after a dramatic one-goal win in extra time.
However, the team's first match of 2021 was more one-sided, as Laharum defeated 2019 semi finalists Edenhope-Apsley 68-15.
Laharum co-coach Erin Mellington said the players had found their rhythm after a slightly chaotic start to the match.
"In the first quarter everyone was a little bit excited and it was a bit rushed and a bit sloppy," she said.
"But in the second quarter, we went into it really calm and just tried to narrow down those silly mistakes we made in the first quarter.
"We just really focused on taking our time and converting our turnovers, which I think we did the majority of the time."
Mellington said she was pleased with how the players were gelling on the court.
"Our core group has been playing together for a while," she said.
"Our recruits really helped as well. Liv Jones was great in the centre today, and they all just fit in really well, so it was really good to see it come together."
Laharum's 2019 grand final opposition, Natimuk, also began their season with a win, albeit a less decisive one.
Natimuk narrowly trailed Rupanyup early in the third quarter, but would eventually pull away to win 36-22.
Noradjuha-Quantong recorded a narrow victory over Swifts.
Noradjuha-Quantong were leading by five goals in the first quarter but Swifts began to narrow the margin soon afterwards and by three-quarter time had levelled the scores.
But Noradjuha-Quantong had a superb final quarter, earning them a 53-48 win.
Newcomers Kaniva Leeor similarly held their composure to register a win against Kalkee.
Kaniva Leeor also established a five-goal lead in the first quarter.
Entering the final quarter Kalkee had reduced the deficit to two goals, only for Kaniva Leeor to pull away to a 37-32 victory.
Harrow-Balmoral defeated Pimpinio 66-36.
While the victory was decisive, Pimpinio showed signs of improvement as the match progressed.
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