Panthers start with win

Florence Coleman. (Ljubica Vrankovic)

Melton South got the Ballarat Netball League season off to a winning note, beating cross town rivals Melton on Saturday.

The two teams played in the annual Nadine Webber Memorial Round to start the season, with plenty of new faces on the court for both sides.

The Panthers proved too strong for a new-look Bloods, winning 49-29.

Panthers young gun Akira McCormack shot 24 goals for her side, while recruit Tahnysha Salanoa shot 23 goals.

Salanoa previously played for the Panthers in the 2018 season and has played on the international stage previously.

For the Bloods, Kimberly Phillips shot 11 goals as they looked at different options, using four different shooters.

Darley started its season with a strong win against East Point.

With a different looking side that made the last two grand finals, the Devils got the win, 46-37.

Ella Closter, who has stepped up into A-grade this season, shot 22 goals.

Bacchus Marsh had a competitive start to life under Lisa Tyrell against Ballarat.

After a tough 2023 season, the Cobras showed they had improved in the off season.

They still lost by 20 goals, 50-30, but that margin would have been much bigger last season.

Victoria Freeman scored 19 goals for the Cobras, while Jaimee Walsh scored 11.

In round two, Darley will head to Ballarat to face North Ballarat in the grand final rematch, Melton South faces the Sunbury Lions, Melton plays Sebastopol and Bacchus Marsh travels to face Lake Wendouree.