Magpies and Hawks back on court for scratch match

With the South West Netball Football League season getting underway in a few weeks the Busselton Magpies League team seized the opportunity to get in a match against the Augusta Margaret Hawks.

With only one session together since training resumed all the players relished the opportunity to get back on a court.

With the 18's and some of the league players unavailable there were a few spots to fill so president Tash O'Neil extended the invitation to former premiership players Taneika Handley, Emma Borinelli and Rennie Meadmore.

Another former Busselton, state and Jets player Courtney Webb was also invited along.

The team's newest player Lisa Millman was unavailable, she was a former West Coast Fever player and current WA Netball League player who celebrated 250 games last season with the ECU Sou West Jets.

The Hawks had a full squad with a combination of reserve and league players.

This provided both teams with an option to try out some different combinations with the Magpies not hesitating to see just how versatile their players are.

Led by chief Maia Bratton and her little general Ritto the Magpies flew to an early lead.

Webb was the main stay in goals with Bratton, Borinelli and Meadmore all rotating through the shooting roles with her.

Bratton, who was the Magpies spearhead in goals last year, played in defence this season for the Jets League team so she moved to the other end of the court and combined defensively with Borinelli.

Their experience made life very difficult for the young Hawks goalies.

Centre court players Handley, Ritto and Phoebe Pethybridge controlled the centre court while Meadmore made her wing defence debut playing tight and controlled.

Thornley took some early defensive intercepts but came off injured in the second half.

The final score with the Magpies taking the match 64-22 was not a true reflection of the high standard of the game but certainly showed early signs that the Magpies will be a force to be reckoned with this season after narrowly missing out on finals last season.

The SWNFL season will see seven League teams AMR Hawks, Bunbury Bulldogs, Busselton Magpies, Carey Park Panthers, Eaton Boomers, HBL Lions and South Bunbury Tigers.

While the 18 and under division have 8 teams with the addition of the Blackwood Ravens.

The first game of the season commences with the 18s Magpies hosting the Ravens at the Geographe Leisure Centre whilst League have a bye round.