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Swans held all the aces against Wombats

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July 08, 2017

Naomi Slade takes a shot on goal.

Jess Hogan stretches out to claim a high ball.

Laura Mundy has her defences up against Lancaster.

Tegan Sidebottom inside the goaling circle on Saturday.

Charli Brown receives a pass in the under 15s.

Elyse Bain shows her athleticism against Lancaster.

With an almost full deck of players to choose from, Avenel put on a consistent and classy performance against Lancaster to run out 54-17 winners.

In front of their home crowd, it was perhaps the first time the Swans have had all players available, who aren’t out with long-term injuries, and are able to play for the remainder of the season.

‘‘We’ve had to call in a couple of girls internally, as well as externally, to counter for long-term injuries to Kathryn Hard and player-coach Tegan Hanson,’’ Swans defender Laura Mundy said.

Mundy herself will be filling in as coach over the next four weeks while Hanson is unavailable.

Avenel came out of the blocks firing and built its lead steadily in the first half.

Once in front it was about capitalising on the turnovers and protecting the ball from Lancaster’s players.

‘‘It was a really consistent four-quarter effort,’’ Mundy said.

‘‘Defensively we held them to just 17 goals.’’

Mundy said that the team really executed all of Hanson’s game plans and expectations laid out prior to the match.

The one low light was an injury to goaler Kate Bishop who hurt her ankle quite severely in the second quarter, forcing some on-court adjustments.

Recruit Naomi Slade took Bishop’s place on the court.

Slade, previously from Broadford, took some time adjusting to the game but once settled the Swans got going again and consolidated their work from the first half.

Mundy said despite the scoreline, it was a tight contest.

‘‘Within the game, the 15-minute quarters, there’s always ebbs and flows and ups and downs,’’ she said.

Both Mundy and Hanson were pleased with the way the team performed and responded to those challenges throughout the match.

Mundy and Sarah Brock were the award winners.

Next week the Swans face Murchison-Toolamba before heading to an in-form Nagambie — a team they defeated in round one.

B-grade

A strong contribution by all players resulted in a convincing 61-17 win for the Swans.

Sarah played a terrific game in centre in Kelly’s absence.

The defensive duo of Roz and Bec welcomed Gen Gordon into the defensive third and she didn’t disappoint.

Gordon’s efforts resulted in a best-on-court performance.

Sarah and Tegan played an aggressive style of attack and dominated the goal circle and Libby fed the ball beautifully from the wing.

The team thanks Charley for sitting on the bench in freezing conditions.

All the girls are looking forward to next week’s game with in-form Murchison-Toolamba.

Roz received the other award.

C-grade

The C-graders had a great game coming away with a 42-29 victory against Lancaster.

It was a team effort, well done girls.

Cathryn Gray was awarded best-on-court for her stellar performance in defence.

Under-17

The girls went down 22-48 on the weekend to Lancaster.

A lack of people in front of the ball and poor passes let them down.

Hopefully they can go out, play their game and come away with a win next week.

Under-15

This week was definitely not our week against a skilled Lancaster side.

Our defence tried to disrupt their attack all day but with minimal luck.

Lancaster meanwhile continued to win several turnovers.

Our midcourt and goalers continued to try all game long, but Lancaster ran out 8-75 winners.

Awards went to Mitch Lusted and Laure Harsedt.

— Lower grade reports

supplied Avenel FNC

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