BARNAWARTHA made an impressive start to the season by edging out Chiltern 55-48 in Tallangatta league netball on Saturday.
Although the Tigers led at every change, coach Chloe Butters didn't feel comfortable until the final whistle.
Chloe Benson was outstanding at goal defence while Ellie Owen played well at goal shooter.
"It was quite scary at points," Butters said.
"We got a few turnovers though and were able to hold out in a tight game."
Barnawartha has promoted several youngsters this season and will be looking to improve on its eighth placing in 2019.
Tallangatta recovered from a slow start to defeat Mitta United 35-27.
Hannah Dwyer performed well in attack, Rebekah Ohlin was solid in defence and Kellie Green ran herself ragged in the midcourt.
"We were down early and something just clicked," Hopper coach Erika O'Connell said.
"It was good to get out there again."
Kiewa-Sandy Creek rattled home to defeat Thurgoona 54-35.
Only eight goals separated the teams at the final change before the Hawks found another gear to score a comfortable victory.
Yackandandah posted the biggest win of the round by defeating Dederang-Mt Beauty 74-37.
Wahgunyah will play Rutherglen at Wahgunyah on Good Friday.
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