Three losses, one draw but Tigerettes show grit

Campaspe News - - SPORT - — Con­tin­ued page 15

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

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