Natte on top of ladder and undefeated after upstaging Carisbrook

Natte Bealiba coach Jarrod Bateson celebrates a first quarter goal that helped his side get a jump on Carisbrook in the Swansʼ 22-point win on Saturday. Bateson described the win as one of the best during his time in charge of Natte.

Natte Bealiba sits alone at the top of the ladder as the only remaining undefeated side of the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League after defeating a woefully in- accurate Carisbrook by 22 points.

The Redbacks kicked a shocking 4.24 (48) to Natte’s 11.4 (70) at

Carisbrook Recreation Reserve on Saturday to lose their first game since round 15 of the 2017 season.

While the inaccurate kicking at goal proved detrimental for Carisbrook, it was a seven-goal head-start that the Redbacks conceded to the Swans that proved to be the most fatal of the errors made.

“I’m really proud of the boys, we obviously respect Carisbrook,” Natte Bealiba coach Jarrod Bateson said after the game.

“They’re the reining premiers and from the way they started the year we knew it was going to be a really tough game, so we just wanted to bring the pressure and play a really committed brand of footy and I think we did that and the result took care of itself.

“This is probably one of the sweetest wins we’ve had, certainly in my time at Natte.

“We need to keepa lid on it because it’s only round five. It’s that fine line between enjoying it but also knowing that it’s round five in the season, so it doesn’t mean a great deal yet at this stage.

“Some (of Carisbrook’s misses) I think you could put down to our pressure, but I think we again probably need to keep a lid on it because they had 27 scoring shots and we had about 14.

“They’ve had twice as many scoring shots, so we might have been able to pinch it to a degree, but that’s the way it is.”

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