Junior Murray Bombers blitz young Bulldogs

June 16, 2017

Georgina Groves of Moama during the MFNL A grade netball match between Moama and Cobram. Photo by Luke Hemer.


Under 17

The slower paced game made it easy for Echuca to create turnovers all the way down the court against Tatura. Meg Eishold’s flying intercepts were quickly converted to goals and Echuca scored 23-4 in the first quarter. Solid defence from Alex Tenace and Margaret Green kept the home team to only 14 in the first half. Maeve Johnson made a significant contribution to the game in the midcourt moving well and clearing the ball quickly out of defence. Mia Gregor is settling in well to WA. The goals were shared between Marni Rickard, Lucy Higgins and Claudia Mawson who all contributed to the final haul of 68-26.

Bests: Maeve Johnson, Claudia Mawson, Meg Eishold.


The Bombers got off to a flying start thanks to the drive of Krysten Rogers from the centre, aided by amazing accuracy from both goalers. But it was the second quarter which had the Bombers soaring ahead, putting up 16 goals to three to set up a great lead. Maggie Stewart got her hands to every ball that came near her, causing numerous turnovers throughout the quarter and helping the Bombers capitalise on opportunities and affirm their lead. Position changes in the third quarter highlighted coach Karlie Stevens’ ability to take on the centre court, and again the Bombers were able to maintain control. The last quarter saw Sophie Deola continuing to create options in the goal ring and provide crucial space, allowing a strong finish and a dominant win with the Bombers coming out on top, 57-18.

Bests: Sophie Deola, Krysten Rogers, Maggie Stewart.

B grade

Echuca started the game well, with Alenka Hubacek providing strong drives through the circle. Emmison Rohde made her return to the season, moving well in the circle and creating plenty of space. The defence end worked tirelessly, ensuring Tatura had no second shots. Echuca led at half-time 27-13. Annabel Johnson and Zara Pearson ran hard in the midcourt all day, feeding the goal exceptionally well. The pressure Echuca put up down the court, made it hard for Tatura to capitalise. With interceptions made by Khloe Miechel and Anna Palmer, it allowed the goalers plenty of opportunities to score. Echuca finished the game strongly winning 44-31.

Bests: Lucy Eishold, Zara Pearson, Annabel Johnson.

A grade

Echuca was looking to continuing on its recent winning streak when it met Tatura. Beautiful sunny conditions saw an even contest in the first quarter with both teams shooting well. The Bombers were well supported by mid court player Meg Rohde who delivered well to Abby Poulton and Lisa Drysdale in the ring, helping Echuca to a narrow one-goal lead at quarter-time.

The second quarter was all Tatura. The defensive pressure on the bombers was causing turnovers and saw Tatura take control of the game. Dearnah Kent and Tamara Nicholls battled hard in defence, but it wasn’t enough to stop Tatura take a five goal lead going into the main break.

Bombers coach Casey Frame asked for improvement and a return to their style of play in the third. The Bombers responded through great intercepts by Eve Gregor and Erin Hill. Olivia Hannon was shooting accurately, and helped the Bombers reduce the margin to just three goals going into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter saw Echuca play the style of game the supporters are used to. Defensive pressure improved which resulted in turnovers, and Tatura saw their lead and the game slip away. An intense final few minutes saw Echuca win 42-38.

Bests: Erin Hill, Eve Gregor, Meg Rohde.

Echuca United

Under 11s

With the sun shining, the girls came out strong with some great defending. Awards: Dale Buntine (Subway), Molli Lucic (Petstock), Jasmine Ventura (Hungry Jack’s) and Hayley Depace (Roma).

Under 12s

This was a great game where we were pushed right until the end. Another super defensive effort all over the court. Great hands to every ball. United 25 defeated Deni 18.

Awards: Delaney Laffy (Petstock), Alicia Callander (Subway), Grace Davis (Roma) and Charlotte Gould (McDonald’s).

Under 13s

Majella, Kirsty, Georgia, Katelyn and Ella provided great defensive pressure across the court. This gave Leah and her other attackers multiple opportunities to feed goalers Asha, Eden and Kate, who were pushed hard in the goal ring. United 46 defeated Deni 18.

Awards: Asha Gray (McDonald’s), Georgia Davidson (Paramount), Ella Larkin (ITS)and Leah Sidebottom (Subway).

Under 15s

A clash of two undefeated teams saw the girls from United come out on top. Great teamwork, tight-pressured defence and beautiful shooting saw us running away with an awesome win. United 36 defeated Deni 28. Awards: Abbey Watson (Hungry Jack’s), Phoebe Poole (Subway), Georgia Maiden (Roma) and Chloe Stone (De Trazani Hair).

Under 17s

A tough hard-fought game against Deni Rams. The girls played a good team game. Jess Davidson owned the centre court with many intercepts and caused plenty of turnovers. The defenders played an excellent game helping the 17s to a 10 goal win. United 32 defeated Deni 22.

Awards: Jess Davidson (Brownz Café), Jess Gould (De Trazani Hair), Hollie Davidson (McDonald’s) and Dakota Leitch (KFC).


The Eagles had a tough game today finishing even at half time. The girls fought back in the second half to come out with a nine goal win. United 39 defeated Deni 30.

Awards: Georgia McGowan (Paramount), Chloe Mitchell (Roma), Brilee Gledhill (Moama Bowling Club) and Rani Dobbyn-Reid (Hungry Jack’s).

C grade

In a very tough and physical clash, the full moon had an affect on the girls both emotionally and physically. A see-sawing game on a hot and sunny day saw the girls pushed hard, resulting in a draw. United 40 drew with Deni 40. Awards: Viv Duck (Trac Iorranis), Gabby Shirley (Echuca Workers) and Danisha Wheeler (Bamunga Therapies).

B grade

A very physical game with great fight shown by the whole team. Everyone supported one another with excellent passages of play and combinations. A strong third term allowed United to take the lead and finish off the game. United 39 defeated Deni 33. Awards: Chloe McDermaid (Ceres), Tina Rankin (Echuca Hotel) and Tanner Edwards (Trac Iorranis).

A grade

This week we travelled up the Cobb Highway to take on the Deni Rams in a much anticipated game. Sitting on equal points, this third v fourth battle saw Bree Bookham and Remy Day working hard in the mid court, both playing a determined four-quarter effort. They consistently fed the goalers, putting them into great positions under the ring. Sophie Atkinson played her best game of the year and barely missed a goal for the day. As per normal, our defenders led by example and repelled many a Deni attack. Another four quarter performance which now locks us four points clear in third position on the ladder.

A big thank you to one of our biggest supporters and scorer each and every week in Rhonda. We all appreciate your support and wish you the best in your travels. United 51 defeated Deni 30.

Awards: Sophie Atkinson (Trac Ioranni), Bree Bookham (Bamunga Massage) and Remy Day (Echuca Hotel).


Under 11s

Some excellent passages of play were implemented by all the girls. Halle Power filled in and was strong in defence and also in GA. Naiteah worked hard with great positioning and strong leads. Award recipients were Halle and Naiteah, great game.

Under 12s

Under 12 girls put in an awesome effort right across the court, bringing home a great win. Best on went to Kasey, encouragement award to Livia and coach’s award to Sienna.

Under 15s

Girls started off steady, but with a couple of intercepts by Chelsea Wright in WD they took off. Shooters held their ground well to keep putting them up. Eliza did a great job once put into GD. Best on court were Chelsea W and Eliza, winning 51-17.


After a strong team start we let Cobram back in the third. We gave 100 per cent in the last to come out on top by two. Great defensive duo in Katie and Tia with support from Hannah all day.

C grade

A great win by the girls, starting with a few girls in different positions everyone put in 100 per cent, Stacey holding her own and working endlessly in the centre and Anna always there in centre. Well done girls, final score 33-20.

B grade

The girls had a great first quarter with the scores level at quarter time. A second quarter full of turns and intercepts that weren’t capitalised on allowed Cobram to take the lead at half time. The last quarter the girls closed the gap with some great defensive pressure and accurate shooting, unfortunately letting the win slip away in the end. Coach’s award went to Casey Love and team award went to Steph Sage.

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