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Icy starts for juniors on court

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July 05, 2017

It was an icy morning for our girls against Yea on Sunday.

ST MARY’S

Under-12

St Mary’s 15 d Wandong 3

TABILK

Under-12

It was an icy morning for our girls against Yea on Sunday.

We’ve been working hard at training on our placement of the ball and creating space and both really showed on Sunday with some awesome passages of play down the court.

We had a great win against the always pleasant Tigers.

Lara-Rae was amazing in goal attack and she kept up the good work when asked to run the centre.

Olivia and Charlotte worked well together in goals and Tahlia and Hannah were strong in defence, while Evie and Cadence were strong through the midcourt.

If I had eight awards everyone would have received one, however this week’s Nagambie Outdoors award went to Demi, who has shown huge improvement this season and her hard work paid off on Sunday.

She took numerous intercepts in the midcourt which resulted in goals.

Well done Demi.

Under-16

Well done to my girls on Sunday.

We only had six players available so thanks to Ella, Abbey and Monique for stepping up and helping us out.

The three of you contributed extremely well and should be proud of your efforts.

Lizzy and Steph played a great game in goals with special thanks to a great ball feed from Ash. All three girls combined well.

Mikayla and Sarah stood up to control our defensive end.

Our ever reliable ball carrier Claudia turned the ball over plenty of times, resulting in a score for us.

The team now enjoys a well earned break with a general bye.

This week’s Maxam award went to Steph Calderwood for taking on the goaling challenge and playing a great attacking game.

Score: Tabilk 28 d Yea 17.

SJNA

It was a very chilly start to the round this week with most places having temperatures in the minuses.

While the parents and coaches may have been a little sluggish, rugged up and needing that extra cup of coffee to make it to the game, the girls still took to the courts with lots of enthusiasm and excitement.

Under-9 Green

The girls travelled to Wandong to play in -2°C temperatures and they did incredibly well considering how frozen they were.

Gabrielle was our captain for the day.

Harper won the player of the day award for reading the play well and taking several intercepts and rebounds in defence.

Well done on a great game, Harper.

Tahlia, Olivia, Chloe and Matilda did an awesome job in the goal ring.

They used their passing skills well and achieved 15 goals for the game between them.

Gabrielle was fantastic in the centre as well as in defence, showing she is not afraid to get in there and get the ball for her team.

This week Evelyn played her first game in centre and did a fantastic job.

She found herself space, made safe passes and her impressive defensive pressure saw her really step up and make her team proud.

Under-11 Red

The redbacks were eager to play their last home game against Broadford Red.

Mollie enjoyed her captain’s role and she led her team with great sportsmanship.

With three players unavailable to play we were fortunate that under-9 players Tahlia and Gabby were able to step up and help complete our team in their first game of under-11s.

The redbacks needed time to settle into the game and familiarise themselves with their positions.

Kayla and Madi had a heavy workload controlling the midcourt but both played with a never give up attitude.

Broadford Red was a confident and well drilled team who controlled the ball movement for most of the game.

Our reliable defenders Clodagh and Mandessah worked tirelessly to make rebounds and intercepts, and they made their opponents work hard for every shot.

Goal opportunities were hard to come by but Mollie and Grace persevered. Unfortunately their efforts didn’t show on our score sheet.

The Redbacks give their all each week and are always striving to improve and support each other.

Despite our best efforts we didn’t come away with a win this week but we will bounce back next game.

The coach’s award went to Kayla this week.

Under-11 Purple

Our game on Saturday was at home against Broadford Red.

We rotated players this week with many of the girls adapting to their positional changes.

Sophie A. enjoyed her captain’s role and won the coin toss.

Our defensive team of Emily, Holly and Chloe worked tirelessly to intercept the ball and win the rebounds and made Broadford Red work for scoring opportunities.

Our midcourt team of Ella, Sonya, Abbie, Sophie M. and Ava kept the ball flowing to provide our goal shooters with opportunities.

Unfortunately, we didn’t come away with a win but there were plenty of positives in our defeat.

It gives us the opportunity to look at what we need to work on over the coming weeks.

The coach’s award went to Emily for never giving up.

Under-13 Yellow

The Stingers travelled to Wandong to take on Wandong White, which was fitting considering we experienced the heaviest frost of the winter so far.

The Stingers’ first quarter was sluggish, like a lot of them have been this season, and the team found it difficult to settle into the game.

Once settled the Stingers began producing some silky stuff throughout the centre of the court and their shots at goal were on target.

The third quarter of sporting contests is often referred to as the deciding quarter.

Wandong White put up a fight and a significant amount of defensive pressure on us in attack.

The Stingers managed to pick up the slack and find a way, shooting seven goals to get the 22-14 win.

With no interchange the girls worked hard throughout the match.

They go into the break with only one loss and a much improved execution of their skills.

Under-13 Orange

Seymour Orange played Broadford White away.

Due to Lucy and Elizabeth not being available we asked Paxton and Addison to join us for the game.

Some of our smaller players — Tenisha, Alex and Addison — had to work hard throughout the game against some tall opponents.

Overall we made a few bad passes that lost us the ball but we also made some great intercepts from good defensive pressure.

In the first half we had Alex in goal shooter, Brooke in goal attack, Addison in wing attack, Tenisha in centre, Madisyn in wing defence, Kaylee in goal defence — swapping with Tenisha in the second quarter — and Paxton on goal keeping duties.

Broadford White found a way ahead and held a healthy three-goal lead at half-time.

In the second half we had Kaylee as our goal shooter, Madisyn in goal attack, Tenisha in wing attack, Alex in centre, Paxton in wing defence before swapping with Addison in the fourth quarter and Brooke as our goal keeper.

Our defence was solid all the way through the court and we only let Broadford White score another four goals.

Seymour had the opportunity to score but was only able to convert another two for the match to go down 12-7.

Under-16 Black

Round 10 saw us back at the top of our fixture playing Pyalong Maroon at Pyalong this week.

Determined to show our improvement since round one, the girls took to the court with something to prove and showed our training sessions with Elli have really paid off.

Our passages of play and ball movement up and down the court were a pleasure to watch.

Newly-appointed captain Janaya kept a firm hold on her opponents in defence.

She played yet another strong game as goal keeper.

Bronte continues to strengthen her skills as a goal defender and her ability to think and read the play won her turnovers and an interesting intercept.

Brandy was another key defensive player in centre court and kept the pressure on the opposition.

She brought the ball down the court to where Lucy used the most of her free space to set up plays for the team.

It was super to see the girls putting into practice the skills they’ve learnt this season.

Our shooters have really stepped up their game.

Lily has stepped into goal attack, giving her a run around the court and the ability to lead for those centre passes, while Kiara’s leads from the goal circle have very much improved.

Oryiana’s versatility in going from attack to defence is growing stronger every game.

She’s continued to support her team and develop her skills.

Out for the season with an injury we wish Alanah all the best with her recovery.

With the first round play-off done and dusted the girl’s improvement continues to show, with the girls taking a 19-16 win on Saturday.

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