VNL: Waves hit the beach running

PENINSULA Waves began their Victorian Netball League season in nail-biting fashion with a narrow win over Booroondara Genesis at the State Netball-Hockey Centre on Wednesday night.

The Waves were playing under new coach Claire Houben for the first time and they showed they have lost nothing since the departure of Robynn Pym, with the win over the battle-hardened Genesis.

The match fluctuated with the Waves narrowly ahead at every break and holding off a final challenge in the last quarter to give Houben a winning start.

"When you see the quality of our opponents they are Vixens and ex-Vixens players," Houben said. "It was a very tough game and a very good win."

Waves captain Holly-Ann Hood played a large part in the victory with her energy and her ability to direct the traffic from the centre position was first rate.

Kelly Haynes was a brick wall in defence and could be set to take another step forward after switching ends last year. "She is a very talented player and I think she just needs to believe in herself and believe how good she could be," Houben said.

Star goaler Mwai Kumwenda made 34 of 38 attempts and combined superbly with Stacie Proctor in attack. "Mwai had a great game and we expect nothing less from her, to be honest, because she is just such a strong goaler. She shot at 90 per cent."

The Genesis exacted some revenge in the division 1 clash with a 47-40 victory over Peninsula, with the Waves lacking in attack.

The Waves went down 32-38 in the under-19 clash.

Peninsula Waves clash with VU Western Lightning at the State Netball-Hockey Centre from 9.40pm on Wednesday. 

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