Winning start for Wildcats

WOODSIDE began the North Gippsland netball season with a 37-32 victory over Yarram.

The physical encounter was played in warm and blustery conditions in Woodside on Friday.

It was an impressive return for Jaqui Irving, who starred for the Wildcats after missing two seasons, while Nicole Foat gave a sterling performance in the centre.

In a feisty bout, the Demons managed to stay in touch with their opponents for most of the game, however a tall, resolute defence held steady allowing the Wildcats to claim victory by five points.