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Echuca Under 17 netballers bounce to glory

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August 05, 2017

Echuca

Under 17

ACCURATE shooting by Marni Rickard and Claudia Mawson helped to set up a five goal lead in the first quarter.

Swans struggled to find rhythm with constant pressure from Echuca all down the court.

By half time Echuca held the lead by 12 thanks to clever intercepts from Mia Gregor and Lucy Higgins in the mid-court and Meg Eishold’s pin point feeding into the ring.

The defenders continued to apply effective pressure under the ring, making it extremely hard for Shepparton to score.

But Echuca still needed to work hard as a team to maintain possession with Shepparton demonstrating some good passages of play.

As the wind picked up, shooting proved more difficult, but Marni Rickard used her body well to screen her opponent and get close to the ring.

Echuca went on to win by 12, 43-31.

B reserve

In a clash between first and third Echuca started slowly in the first quarter allowing the Swans to reach a five goal lead by quarter time.

Sophie Deola and Shelby Pridham again worked tirelessly in goals finishing of the hard work of all the centre courters.

In the second half Echuca came alive playing their style of game and getting many turnovers in defence with Molly Frew leading the way.

Maggie Stewart got her hands to plenty in the last and Kelly Sutton and Taneisha Sampson attacked hard driving the ball to the ring.

All round patient court play and continual defensive pressure lead to Echuca winning the half by four goals, eventually going down 30-37.

As usual a great team effort with plenty more to come in the next few weeks.

B grade

Echuca started well coming off a good win last week with brilliant play from defender Tam Nichols and some quick play from Lucy Eishold and Annabel Johnson, the bombers were able capitalize on the Swan’s mistakes.

The defensive pressure throughout the team and strong leads through the mid-court helped the bombers put on an exceptional second quarter display, heading into half-time four points up.

Annabel fed the goalers well with great patience.

A fiery fourth quarter was not quite enough to get the Bombers over the line, going down by two points, 38-40.

Best players for Echuca were Annabel Johnson, Lucy Eishold and Zara Pearson.

A grade

Blustery conditions set the scene for Echuca to take on Shepparton Swans and Echuca was looking to avenge their loss to the Swans earlier in the season.

Echuca started well with both Eve Gregor and Olivia Hannon rebounding strongly up either end of the court.

Dearnah Kent worked had in defence, taking several intercepts, helping the Bombers to a six goal lead at the first break.

The second quarter was more even, with Swans settling into their normal game.

Abby Poulton’s drive into space and delivery into goalers was complimented by Erin Hill’s work in defence.

In attack, Lisa Drysdale was a focal point in the goals, rebounding well.

Echuca increased their lead by two to take an eight goal lead at half time.

Kloe Miechel took the court for the first time in the third quarter and took a defensive intercept within the opening minutes.

Meg Rohde’s defensive pressure was causing the Swans some worries, resulting with errors in defence.

Echuca extended their lead to 11 heading into the final quarter.

The last quarter saw Shepparton start strong, however Echuca continued to dominate the game, eventually taking a 13 goal win, 53-40.

Echuca United

Under 11s

With a chilly start to the day, the girls came out firing. Great intercepts and strong passes into the ring. Well done girls.

Awards: Molly McLeod (Subway), Jasmin Ventura (Petstock), Isla Laffy (Hungry Jack’s) and Dale Buntine (Brownz Cafe).

Under 12s

In a fast-paced game, the girls really stepped up to the challenge.

Players used their voices to help settle into the game and eventually came out on top 21-16.

Awards: Delaney Laffy (Bennett’s Intersport), Gabbey Beveridge (Hungry Jack’s), Grace Davis (McDonald’s) and Halle Gray (Roma).

Under 13s

With the wind blowing a gale, the girls were not deterred in their four quarter efforts. There were some great passages of play, leads to the ball and great rebounding up either end of the court.

Well done to the girls who were given the chance to play different positions this week.

Awards: Kirsty Nichol (Roma), Ella Larkin (Petstock), Eden McInnes (Subway) and Leah Sidebottom (Hungry Jack’s).

Under 15s

A very strong game with great holding all over the court. The team listened to the coach’s instructions and applied them very well.

The team fought hard for the ball all day to create a fantastic result, 81-8.

Awards: Chloe Stone (D+S Accounting), Abbey Watson (De Trazani Hair), Abbey Callandar (Paramount) and Georgia Maiden (McDonald’s).

Under 17s

A fantastic percentage building win for the 17s 72-7.

A good team game by all, with everyone working on what coach Ez said to at training.

Awards: Chloe Bishop (Paramount), Dakota Leitch (KFC), Hannah Poole (Hungry Jack’s) and Lauren Dawes (De Trazani Hair).

C reserve

A good team effort moving the ball well up and down the court. All girls adapted well to the changes to win 74-14. Congratulations to Ruby and Chloe who came out in their 100th club game.

Awards: Ruby Jeffreys (Brownz Cafe), Rani Dobbyn-Reid (Paramount), Ebony Wagner (Hungry Jack’s) and Chloe Mitchell (Workers and Services Club).

C grade

A tough physical match with everyone having to adapt to Rumba’s style of play for the win 48-31.

Awards: Gabby Shirley (Savoury Bite), Caitlyn Lourey (Bamunga Therapies) and Kiarna Denahy (Ceres).

B grade

A consistent game from all players for the whole four quarters. B grade defenders dominated with strong rebounds and many turnovers in the 46-25 win. Great voice from Tina supported the team’s attackers under challenging conditions.

Awards: Tina Rankin (Coburn and Reid Pharmacy), Sarah Ogden (Nifty’s Carwash) and Chloe McDermaid (Ceres).

A grade

Wild and windy weather greeted the teams on Saturday and made it tough going for both teams to control the ball.

Dual premiership stars Amy Gledhill and Sophie Atkinson celebrated their 50th senior game for the Eagles and both started off showing the way in the first quarter.

The team’s defensive unit stood strong and intercepted Rumbalara’s attack.

Sophie and Gracie combined well for the game and gave a real focal point in goals.

After half time Eagles cleaned up ball movement and moved the ball down the court with real purpose.

In the end, the mid-court players controlled the game to give winners all over the court for the 65-26 win.

Awards: Sophie Atkinson (Ceres), Gracie Berryman (Coburn and Reid Pharmacy) and Breanna Bookham (Nifty Carwash).

Moama

Under 12s

Good win by the under 12s against Mulwala, there was a great effort right across the court working hard on team play.

Best on went to Taylah Accourso, coach’s award Indi Gilmore and encouragement Brodie Jardine and Olivia Davy.

Under 15s

Won 33-12. Awards went to Eliza Williams, Charlotte Groves and Georgia McLean.

Under 17s

The game was scratchy at the start as Moama settled themselves but soon players found their ground and led at quarter time.

Defence did really well, playing tough against their opponents, then bringing through the mid-court where Latitia Oliver steadied the ball and Kate Mulcahy fed patiently to very accurate shooting.

Moama extended their lead to win comfortably by 13 against Mulwala.

Congratulations to Georgia Pain who plays her 100th game for Moama this weekend.

C reserve

Awesome game girls. Great passages of play, goalers goaling beautifully all day to come away with a great win. Final score 40-29. Best on Liv and coach’s Mikayla.

C grade

After a bit of a slow start C grade came back within four goals of Mulwala. Unfortunately Mulwala were too strong on the day winning 35-29. Best on Tamara Miller and second best to Freya Peel for strong defence all game.

B grade

B grade was lacking a few players heading across to Mulwala which meant a few fill-ins.

The girls settled well with these changes throughout the game.

Some great passages of play gave some fantastic defensive turnovers which kept the team in the game right up until the last few minutes.

Best on court went to Charlotte Furphy and team award went to Kyra Naismith and Britt Phillips.

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