Stars continue from last year



DEFENDING premiers Valley Stars have started where they left off last year with a 12-point win over Yaralla Owls in the first round of Gladstone Netball Association A grade action on Tuesday night.

The Stars, who won the A grade premiership in fine style last season held off a determined young Owls to win 38-26.

In other A grade matches, Yaralla Falcons showed the benefits of a good pre-season to account for Devils White 38-16 and Yaralla Eagles cruised to a 27-8 win against Stingers.

Valley Stars were slow to get out of the gates against a young Yaralla Owls team who came to play.

The scores were level at halftime before the Stars' experience came to the fore.

New recruit Sandra Collette showed why she will fit in the Stars team well with a fantastic debut display, while skipper Tracey Calis was at her ever consistent best.

Erin McKay and Sam Dippel were the Owls best and judging by that performance they will make an impact this season. Another team set to make a good impression, the Yaralla Falcons, cruised to a 22-goal win over Devils White.

The Falcons have improved their depth in 2005 and Curtis Coast Dolphins recruits Leisa Lowe and Megan Jahnes were fantastic on debut. The Falcons also benefited from the performances of regular goal shooter Helen Sherwood who shone in defence and centre court star Carrie Hazeldine played a blinder.

Kylie Seng was Devils White's best on a disappointing night for the start of the new season.

Meanwhile, the dark horses of the competition Yaralla Eagles enjoyed a return to the top level winning 27-8 over Stingrays.

The Eagles are a close-knit line-up and their combinations helped them to a comfortable winning start, while Stingrays found the level a bit tough on their A grade debut.



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