Round three kicked of on Saturday at Kings Park.
Seymour green U9s played hard against a good developing Wandong side.
Olivia managed her first goal in competitive netball in fine style, supported by Lilly in attack. Ruth was consistent as usual, working hard in centre court.
Grace and Tori played their best game this week in defence. Grace kept on her opponent and ran like never before and Tori was very determined chasing down the ball in defence.
Lucy and Isabel made a strong shooting combination, passing well in attack. The opposition coach mentioned one of Isabel’s rebounds was that of a lot more experienced player.
Sienna and Matilda were very effective around the court, consistently giving good leads and turning around to provide great defence.
All the girls exhibited some strong skills, especially in their on-court communication calling for the ball.
Seymour Red U11s played at Kings Park against Wandong Green on Saturday.
The girls showed great improvement in their positioning on the court, running at the ball carrier and creating space. The new Seymour players continued to settle in, displaying increased confidence and assurance.
Jessa played in attack and defence and continually put herself in the best place to receive passes and intercepted opposition passes with regularity. She also chased down the loose ball and ran the game out.
Marley played in the centre position for most of the game and continues to find her way. She is an enthusiastic, determined and generous contributor who always looks for the best option. She was supported by Chloe who also played as goal shooter, moving well in the goal ring and scoring confidently.
Evelyn and Georgia played together in defence for the second half and made a formidable partnership.
Wandong found it difficult to get past the girls’ close checking and intercepting.
Their defence was strongly improved by Tahlia, who played an amazingly determined attacking game. Her speed and skill were vital to the frequent attacks that Seymour was able to launch from defence.
Liesl and Triyah played forward and teamed very well. Their speed and agility meant they were able to out-distance their opponents and they are steadily improving their catching, passing and shooting. All the improvement shown thus far in only a few games bodes well for the season as it progresses.
Seymour Black U16s travelled to Wandong to play Wandong White for round three.
The first quarter started off a bit slow and scrappy with unforced errors and unnecessary turnovers giving the opposition the upper hand into quarter two with a 10-goal lead.
Making some changes to strengthen the Seymour defence, Polly came out of attack into goal defence working alongside Hayley in goal keeper. Brandy kept the pressure on in wing defence, intercepting the ball, creating turnover opportunities and being an option. She helped to get the ball into our attack from the centre pass as Tenisha did a considerable job in centre. She connected both ends of the court, bringing the ball down where Isabella in wing attack assisted in getting the ball into the Seymour goal circle.
Lucy gave goal shooter another crack and had the moves with some impressive goals, but it was Jasmine in goal attack who improved her game by converting 11 of the goals. Unfortunately the unforced errors mounted and got the better of the girls, and the game slipped away.
Thanks must go out to Yea, which played a lovely clean game and contested very well during the four quarters.
As a coach I have never been more challenged and more proud of group of players. These kids are working so hard to improve their skills and to compete every week.
A win is not far away as we continue to play hard and fair. We contested, and we cut down on our errors.
The passion these kids have for netball continues to shine through. We are coming together and starting to play to each other’s strengths.
The trick now is to string four quarters of netball together. We had a bit of a slow start which saw us facing a seven-goal deficit at half-time.
In the third quarter we rose to the challenge and went into the last quarter on level pegging.
The last quarter felt like a lifetime and unfortunately we finished the game one goal short of a win.
I asked for a big effort and this team rose to the occasion. A special mention to Lily Mitcham who played a ripper of a game and received the award.
It was a well fought effort by all. Special call-out to all the parents who support us every week with their hearts on their sleeves and also support me on the sidelines.
The Mother’s Day match was at home against Yea.
With Allie injured, the team was down to the bare seven again. However, the players’ v0ersatility shone through and the team was able to take the lead early and gradually increase it throughout the match.
Charlotte and Grace were strong in goals again; Olivia, Lily and Lexi amazing in defence; and Abby, Taylah, Lexi and Lily also great through the middle.
The award this week went to Grace Ferguson for her accurate gosling.
The team now has two weeks off.
Good luck to all girls playing interleague.
— Rose Lindner
St Mary’s 12 def Broadford 11
Bakers Delight best player: Georgia Steans.
St Mary’s club award: Chloe Ash.
Caffeine Bistro award: Oliver Kingston.
St Mary’s 11 lost to Broadford 20
Bakers Delight awards: Sophie Munro and Emily Homewood.
St Mary’s 19 lost to Broadford 54
Bakers Delight award: Emily Homewood.
St Mary’s Club award: Kayla Fairbridge.