Blue Cow in con­trol to win

Team at top of lad­der after fast-paced game

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

BLUE Cow tri­umphed over Balls of Fire 19–13 in a fast and fu­ri­ous game at YMCA Gayn­dah mixed netball this week.

The game placed Blue Cow at the top of the lad­der, with Balls of Fire just one point be­hind.

Ref­eree Dael Gid­dins said both sides bat­tled with ball con­trol dur­ing the game.

“Blue Cow were able to ef­fec­tively pass it up the court with just a lit­tle bit more con­trol,” Gid­dins said.

“Balls of Fire prob­a­bly lost a lot of con­trol in their cir­cle by not slow­ing down their play and there­fore weren’t get­ting their goals in. I think this was the rea­son they didn’t keep up the good scor­ing they were on.”

Blue Cow team mem­bers were ef­fec­tive in the cir­cle de­spite be­ing a few play­ers down, team mem­ber Jayne Evans said.

“We had an older re­cruit come in – a past player come back to help us out,” Evans said.

“Alex Evans came back on fire; Sophie shot very well and An­nie was all over the court.

“The weak­nesses we were try­ing to ex­ploit in the other team were Brent’s lack of knowl­edge about three feet (in de­fence), and mak­ing use of our height ad­van­tage.”

Nick Banks said team strengths for Balls of Fire were “speed and fun”.

“We’ve got a lot of kids who are a bit quicker, so prob­a­bly we were try­ing to

Blue Cow were able to ef­fec­tively pass up the court with just a lit­tle more con­trol.

get around the other team (to ex­ploit their weak­nesses),” Banks said.

Dur­ing the night the team strug­gled with “try­ing to hold the ball” and com­mu­ni­ca­tion – “not talk­ing be­fore we throw the ball”, he said.

“It was very quick-paced with a lot of turnover; a lot of mid­dle play and in­ter­cep­tions.

“Our strong­est play­ers tonight were Kaitlyn – it may be her last game; Kate and Sa­man­tha.

“Ev­ery­one’s strong; we’re all pretty much equal.”

Blue Cow ver­sus Balls of Fire was the only for­mal game of the evening as Lar­falotz for­feited to The Good­ies, and Twisters for­feited to The Other Team.

Cur­rent team rank­ings are Blue Cow first, Balls of Fire sec­ond, The Other Team third, fol­lowed by Twisters, The Good­ies and Lar­falotz.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

VIC­TORS: Blue Cow play­ers Ann Bayn­tun, Jayne, Alex and Sophie Evans, Leanne and Cris Bryant and Kath­leen Huth.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

IN IT GOES: Sophie Evans shoots a goal for the vic­tors, Blue Cow, at YMCA Gayn­dah mixed netball.

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