Three losses, one draw but Tigerettes show grit
ROUND SIX of the Goulburn Valley Netball League saw Rochester host Echuca in four highly anticipated games.
The resulting three losses and one draw was not quite the ending the Tigerettes were searching for, but as always there were some inspiring moments of play across all four grades.
The under 17s fought a tough battle against a more polished Echuca side but certainly showed evidence of their developing skills.
Brielle O’Meara again demonstrat- ed her finesse in the goal ring, converting many of the hard-earned turnovers brought down from the defensive end and Hannah Egglestone also worked tirelessly in the attacking line, offering clear leads and providing a strong target in goals.
At the other end of the court, Morghan Cairns continued to show her growth as a defender, getting her fingertips to many opposition passes and rebounding strongly.
The opposition team proved too strong across the four quarters with the Tigerettes going down 38-58.
The B reserve girls started with a bang, breaking Echuca’s first two centre passes to gain an early lead.
Britt Hercus, awarded the Cafe 3561 voucher for her efforts, and Nicola Lehmann combined beautifully in the goal ring, holding their leads and providing strong targets for the centre court players.
The second quarter saw the Echuca side settle however, and by half-time the opposition team held the lead at three goals.
Jac Rasmussen ran the centre relentlessly to receive the Shamrock Hotel award, using her body to hold her space and constantly get front position over her opponent and Eliza Hodgens got her hands to many rebounds to be awarded the Caltex Fuel voucher and with the combined efforts of Grace Wachter and Kate Lee they made the Echuca goalers work hard.
It wasn’t enough as the Rochy girls lost in a frustrating one goal difference, 39-40.
The game inspired the B grade side but strong pressure from the Echuca team forced errors as they capitalised on some sluggish play by the local girls, enabling them to get a three-goal lead heading into the second quarter.
The girls found their determination and managed to unsettle Echuca by picking off balls and converting their turnovers.
The lead changed many times in the last quarter, with the nail-biting finish ending in a draw 36-all.
Best players were Maddy Holt (Caltex Fuel), Alyse Nalder (Kristie Hedington Hair and Make Up) and Jamiah Clarke (Star Bar Echuca).
Rochester’s Nick O’Connor gives Echuca’s Ben Costello the slip during their Goulburn Valley league match on Saturday. Photo: Bruce Povey