U15s — Echuca 28 lost to Shepparton 35
ON A slippery court the girls started tentatively but as the quarter progressed the girls settled well with good court movement and pressure.
In the second quarter the Bears started well, pegging back the margin.
Bombers defence worked hard to reduce scoring opportunities.
Bombers regrouped and had a five goal lead going into half-time.
Bears came out hard and tough in the third and fourth quarters reducing the margin and taking home a great win in a great contested game of netball.
Bests: Claudia Fitzsimmons, Claudia Sampson, Jayde Evans.
U17s — Echuca 39 def. Shepparton 30
Cold and slippery conditions welcomed the Shepparton Bears to Echuca on Saturday.
With Shepparton placed second on the ladder, Echuca was expecting tough competition, and that is exactly how the game opened.
A tight and competitive first quarter from both teams.
Echuca settled to conditions after the first quarter, and working hard all over the court, they began to establish a lead.
A more confident approach from our goalers in the third helped to extend the lead to a winning position for Echuca.
In the end, a nine goal win and a tough hit out for Echuca.
Congratulations to Asha Gray who was the winner of the 2018 Blue Ribbon Foundation medal for best player on the court.
Bests: Asha Gray, Lara Judd, Meg Eishold.
B Reserve — Echuca 41 lost to Shepparton 53
B reserve was an intense encounter, with both sides fighting hard from the first whistle in the wet conditions.
Bears were first to settle, getting the early lead, but Echuca managed to slow the play, find the front position, and shoot accurately, allowing them to take the lead by one goal at quarter time.
The second quarter saw the pressure continue to lift on both sides with goal for goal play throughout the quarter.
Molly Frew took some crucial and well timed intercepts from GK, while Shelby Pridham kept mobile against a strong defender down the other end in GS.
The third quarter saw sustained pressure from Kelly Sutton, Jane Emonson and Anna Palmer, but passing errors allowed Shepparton to take the lead in later stages of the quarter, with Bears holding a three goal lead at the last change.
Echuca benefited from all goalers playing strongly from the moment they took the court, shooting with confidence and poise to steady the play.
Unfortunately the Bears took the upper hand in maintaining pressure and consistency, allowing them to close out the game as 12 goal winners.
Bests: Kelly Sutton, Molly Frew, Jane Emonson.
B Grade — Echuca 55 lost to Shepparton 56
It was a super start to the big game.
Accurate passing and strong team play saw the girls gain the lead and take charge of the game early.
Good defending on the ring and combining by Kylie and Bel created pressure on the Shepparton goalies.
Second quarter saw Shepp come out and get four quick goals and the game quickly gained momentum and the Echuca girls felt the pressure.
Drysie was everywhere — up the court and at the centre pass — and her presence was strong as an attacker and defender.
Trin was strong in goals, shooting accurately and screening Drysie to allow her to get under the ring.
It was all happening in the third quarter.
Changes in the midcourt allowed for a fresh approach but this was short lived as centre player Casey hurt her ankle and needed to come off.
Maree was strong in defence but the game changed again when Trin’s dodgy hamstring reared its head and so she too was relegated to the bench.
Luckily for us, Marnie was able to switch from defender to shooter and all of a sudden the goals were neck and neck.
Tina read the play well in defense and Kylie and Lucy kept trying till the end.
Echuca were under pressure with their passes and it was intense, every goal important, but with Echuca eventually losing by one.
Although disappointing, this game was a great opportunity to see how the girls respond to pressure and there is heaps to take from the game to ensure that next time we meet, we smash them.
Bests: Lisa Drysdale, Lucy Eishold, Trinity Keath.