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Swans’ coach sees room for improvement

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July 01, 2017

Cathryn Gray attempts a block in defence for the C-grade Swans.

Gen Richards gets up high in ther B-grade.

Avenel came away with a big win in a sometimes scrappy contest against Girgarre.

While the result was never really in doubt, Avenel coach Tegan Hanson was critical of some of her side’s less than perfect moments.

‘‘I think we had some patches of good play but some definite patches to improve on,’’ Hanson said.

With Jess Hogan and Natalie Fletcher out due to injury, Hanson brought in youth to rejuvenate the injury-struck Swans.

Alyssa Quigg, promoted from the under-17s, gelled well with the senior side and took out the coaches’ award for her forward presentation and ability to stick to team structures.

Taylah Boulton was another under-17 player to take the court in what was her debut in A-grade.

‘‘We’re always trying to promote our younger girls and give them some exposure to senior netball,’’ Hanson said.

‘‘As with all our juniors, they’ve come into the senior team seamlessly.’’

Laura Mundy, who was back from her overseas trip this week, took out the other award for her role in defence and encouraging talk across the court.

Still undefeated, the next month will bring a few challenges for the Swans — and Hanson.

Hanson is on leave and will be unavailable, with Mundy set to take the reins in her absence.

Hanson has been cautious to rest the likes of Fletcher, who is battling a niggling but otherwise insignificant injury, before they come up against finals-contending opposition.

‘‘I think we are going to have some tough matches coming into finals which will be really good,’’ Hanson said.

‘‘We just need to be focusing on our girls and our game and putting out as consistent a performance as possible over four quarters.

‘‘It’s a really good opportunity for us to assess where we’re at and I think that’s what we’re going to focus on over the next month or so.’’

This week Avenel faces Lancaster before taking on Murchison-Toolamba and then second-placed Nagambie.

Score: Girgarre 27 d lt Avenel 63.

B-grade

The Swans were rewarded with a win over Girgarre.

Despite the scoreline it was a hard fought game, and Girgarre’s tight style made every ball a contest.

Our defensive combination of Ros, Bec and Brooke stood strong turning over many loose balls.

Sarah and Gen combined in the centre in Kelly’s absence while Libby continued to show growth with her ball-handling skills.

Tegs and Sarah were standouts in the goal ring, standing strong when the tough balls came in and capitalised on the scoreboard.

Awards this week went to Brooke for her hard running game and Ros for her rock-solid defensive efforts.

Score: Girgarre 22 lt Avenel 63.

C-grade

The C-grade had a good win this week against Girgarre.

It was a slow and scrappy start but the girls soon settled in and began working together.

The award this week went to the whole team.

Thanks to Kate Tozer from the under-17s for sitting on our bench again this week and Sarah Sidebottom for pushing through the jet lag.

Score: Girgarre 22 lt Avenel 48.

Under-17

Score: Girgarre 30 d Avenel 21.

Under-15

Score: Girgarre 59 d Avenel 24.

— Lower grade reports supplied by Avenel FNC

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