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Feathers fly in clash of Murray league birds

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June 23, 2017

Echuca

B-reserve

B-reserve started the game in great form, working together across the court to create many defensive opportunities, with deflections and intercepts across the court by Molly Frew, Brianna Bennett and Kristen Rogers.

Open court play in attack assisted the Bombers to a 13-5 quarter time lead.

Molly Frew and Alex Tenace combined well in defence and Shelby Pridham’s accurate shooting was a highlight for Echuca, with a half-time lead of 16 goals.

Taniesha Sampson’s drive and voice lifted the Bombers in the third and Maggie Stewart continued her clear drives out of the defensive end as a vital link between defence and attack.

Sophie Deola demonstrated great versatility at both ends of the court with the steady influence of Kristen Rogers controlling play down the court.

Echuca Bombers won the game 53-18 with bests going to Bennett, Pridham and Rogers.

B grade

Lucy Eishold came out with her usual enthusiasm and want for the ball, celebrating her 50th club game.

With their heads in the game B grade showed plenty of full-court pressure over the ball from the start to create a lot of turnovers and intercepts which the goalers capitalised on.

Zara Pearson again provided great drives down the court as centre and her voice continued to set a steady stream of play throughout.

Kloe Miechel provided great strength in defence and her intensity and confidence proved crucial in the game.

Emmison Rohde rounded out the best players for her role in the goal ring.

Echuca finished with a great win, 58-24, and regained focus ahead of a solid hit out next week against Shepparton United.

A grade

Playing at Victoria Park coach Casey Frame asked Echuca for a strong start to the game, and the bombers certainly delivered.

Determined not to let Seymour spoil their winning streak, Olivia Hannon and Abby Poulton goaled accurately and centre court players Erin Hill and Annabelle Johnson’s delivery into the ring made things difficult for Seymour’s defenders.

With a six goal lead at quarter time, the second quarter started with a few quick goals from Seymour.

Tamara Nicholls and Eve Gregor were creating plenty of pressure in defence supported by Dearnah Kent to maintain the lead going into the main break.

Meg Rohde pounced on any loose balls, Echuca coming out in the fourth determined to increase their control over the game to lead by 10 goals half way through the quarter.

Seymour responded late in the quarter but Echuca was too good on the day, running out nine goal winners, 51-42.

Bests went to Abby Poulton, Erin Hill and Dearnah Kent.

Echuca United

Under 11

In a cold start to the morning, the girls came out strong with excellent attacking and great shooting in the ring.

Awards: Molly McLeod (Paramount), Grace Moyle (Hungry Jack’s), Abby Larkin (McDonalds) and Chase Day (Roma).

Under 12

In another great attacking game, practicing front cuts and timing is paying off. The defenders didn’t stop all day, challenging every ball to win 43-18.

Awards: Grace Davis (Paramount), Halle Gray (Roma Pizza), Gabbey Beveridge (Hungry Jack’s), Alicia Callander (Subway) and Hayley Depace (McDonalds).

Under 13

It was a hard fought game. There were some great passages of play down the court and some great team efforts with the girls backing each other with loose balls to win 35-5.

Awards: Katelyn Dixon (Roma Pizza), Kate Parker (Paramount), Koa Lucic (McDonalds) and Majella McLeod (Hungry Jack’s).

Under 15

Defence worked hard and kept it tight and despite lots of positional changes over the court the girls never missed a beat. A fantastic display of versatility in the 58-10 win.

Awards: Kelsie Denahy (McDonalds), Gemma Godfrey (D+S Accounting), Abbey Watson (Roma) and Georgia Maiden (De Trazani Hair).

Under 17

With two big milestones this week we celebrated in style winning 60-3. Defence was brilliant all over the court. Congratulations to Jess Davidson on reaching 100 club games and Hannah Poole who in her 150th turned it on in goals during the second half. Both led by example all game.

Awards: Jess Gould (Hungry Jack’s), Lauren Dawes (De Trazani Hair), Jess Davidson (KFC), and Hannah Poole (Roma).

C-reserve

Although a very slow game the girls worked tirelessly to come out with a win, 46-34.

Awards: Mikaela Claridge (Savoury Bite), Tessa Smith (Roma), Kiarna Denahy (Candle Scents) and Ruby Jeffreys (McDonalds).

C grade

A tough game with the result not a good indication of the intensity. United played like a well-oiled machine with very accurate shooting and strong defence, 52-22.

Awards: Prue Eldridge (Warren Lowry Sports Massage), Caitlyn Lourey (Ceres) and Hayley Campbell (Moama Bowling Club).

B grade

A strong start from Sheridan Wagner set the team up and everyone combined well with strong drives and great pressure all over the court. The third quarter saw the team extend their lead with six unanswered goals and a strong finish ensured a good win, 58-32.

Awards: Chloe McDermaid (Nifty Carwash), Sheridan Wagner (Echuca Workers Club) and Tanner Edwards (Moama Bowling Club).

A grade

This week’s game started off going to plan with the girls jumping out to an eight-goal lead at quarter time.

Barooga came out to play in the second putting the clamps on to restrict United’s run out of the defensive third and claw their way back into the game. Some great defensive efforts from Klarindah Hudson kept United in the game and a strong start in the last quarter allowed a little breathing room, the girls held on to end up with a six-goal win, 37-31.

Awards: Remy Day (Nifty Carwash), Breanna Bookham (Echuca Workers Club) and Klarindah Hudson (Moama Bowling Club).

Moama

Under 12

The girls worked well as a team in their court systems, rewarding them with a good win.

Under 13

An awesome game from Moama, with all of the girls stepping up to play four quarters of effort.

Chelsea, Taylah, Abbey and Milly all shone with great passes and strong aggressive play.

Under 15

A good percentage win for the girls. All players put in a fantastic consistent effort in multiple positions to win 58-13. Awards went to Matilda and Jamo.

Under 17

The first quarter began with consistent goaling from Molly Johnson and Alannah Gilmore, resulting in a large lead continuing during the game. The midcourters worked well moving the ball down from our strong defence enabling a 37-goal win.

C-reserve

Great game against Numurkah. Everyone worked hard down the court with some fantastic passages of play but unfortunately couldn’t come away with the win. Best on went to Katie and coach’s to Brooke.

C grade

A hard fought game against Numurkah who were too good on the day, taking the win 43-27. Lots of positives to come from the game though. Best on went to Tamara Miller and coach’s to Shannyn Valentine.

B grade

A positive game for the girls this week to put a lot of the work from training into the game. A lot of defensive pressure led to a lot of turnovers all over the court. Coach’s award went to Kyra Naismith and the team award went to Paige Jones.

A grade

A grade had a challenge this week coming up against a tough team in Numurkah without Steph Watson and Cindy Kusli.

The defenders stood up to the fast pace game forcing the blues to turn it over with Ange Slattery receiving best on court.

Alex Daly played a consistent game which made her deserving of the coach’s award in the 43-27 win.

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