A grade girls canter to big win
Broughton and Frost share best on court
EUROA FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB - NETBALL
THERE were chilly conditions at the Memorial Oval on Saturday as the Euroa netball girls hosted Tatura.
The girls had a fabulous day, and made it a clean sweep. A Grade The A Grade girls had their season on the line and were out for redemption after a draw when these teams met earlier in the season.
Going into the game without coach Laura Emanuelli, was not ideal but the team were confident they had the depth to get the job done.
A sensational start to the game saw Euroa go into the quarter time break with a six goal buffer, which they continued to build on for the remainder of the game.
Kali Frost dominated at goal attack and shot accurately, while youngster Hannah Broughton played dynamic, controlled and creative netball on the wing.
Caitie Mitchell gave the Tatura goalers headaches down back with her athletic leaping and deflecting.
A few changes in the second half and the injection of Katie Parks’ fresh legs only assisted in building on the positive momentum from the first half.
Deanne Tuppen got plenty of attention under the post, but continued to hold strongly and shoot truly for the team.
Euroa ran out the game 57-34 winners, with Broughton and Frost who took the gong as Lindsay Park best players. B Grade B Grade was looking for two wins in a row when they took to the court for their match.
A full strength side saw the girls out to start strongly.
Accurate and precise passing allowed Teag Kohn and Sarah Ternes to convert under the post to take a 19-10 lead into the first break.
The second quarter saw Tatura come back with a vengeance and they made sure Euroa put defensive pressure over the ball.
Emily McMahon and Megan Coburn both worked overtime in the midcourt to force some errors and allow the defenders to chase the loose balls.
Euroa looked in control all the way through the game with Alyssa Flint having a sensational defensive game and Kim Saxon also performing strongly to keep their opponents under the coach’s request of 25 goals.
Down the attacking end, Marnie Burton was on fire to deliver balls into the shooters from anywhere and everywhere to allow them to hit their target of 50 goals for the game.
Euroa were eventually successful in winning 51-24, with Burton and Coburn collecting the Lindsay Park best player’s awards. B Reserve The B Reserve girls entered Saturday’s game determined to snap a losing streak after dropping a close game against Mansfield the previous week.
Euroa got away to a good start before Tatura clawed back late in the first quarter to have the game tied at nine all at quarter time.
The Magpies’ defensive pressure all over the court slowed down the Tatura transitions and created several turnovers and held-ball decisions in the second quarter, led to a four goal Euroa advantage at half time.
The screws were tightened further after the major break with Tatura being held to just two goals in the third quarter, to Euroa’s 12 and the final score was a 43-24 win to Euroa.
Emily Quattrochi had an outstanding game again at goal defence which continues her excellent form in her return season at the club.
Also back at the club this year after a year off, was Kelsey Thomson who celebrated her 150th club game with a win, and another good game at goal shooter.
These ladies took out the Lindsay Park best player awards.
It was a good team effort from all nine who took to the court, with Fiona Grundmann and Ashlee Wilde also deserving of a mention for their efforts.
This win should give the Euroa team some confidence heading into the final game of the season against Seymour next week. Under 17 A cracking first quarter saw the youngest Euroa girls in a commanding position right from the start, despite going into the game without gun middies, Eliza Hoare and Hannah Broughton.
Some positional switches and exceptional versatility from the remainder of the team allowed for a seamless first half, with the girls finding themselves 15 goals up by the main break.
Zara Hinss again provided an exceptional target under the post, with Emma Burke out on the wing who provided plentiful opportunities and exceptional delivery.
Illyah Reid also combined well with Hinss and Burke to ensure Euroa continued to hit the scoreboard regularly.
Defenders Stevie Mildren-Nicel and Ashley Allen were all over the Tatura attackers, where they stifled any opportunities for their opponents to score, and Michelle Jesser and Olivia Butler transitioned the ball strongly, which meant that Euroa were able to run out the match comfortable winners, 49-34.
The Lindsay Park best player awards went to Burke, for her exceptional game at wing attack, and Hinss, for yet another commanding performance in goals.
Next best was Illyah Reid, who in the latter part of the season is playing with renewed confidence and really stepping up to the challenge that is GV Netball.
The club play their final home and away match next Saturday at Seymour, in what is a very important game, particularly for the A Grade girls who will play finals netball if they secure the win. If not, they will likely drop out of the top six. A big game for sure, so all the very best, girls.
GOOD RESULTS IN THE GOALS: Sarah Ternes’ goaling accuracy helped take B Grade to a good win against Tatura.
DOMINANT IN THE CENTRE: Megan Coburn kept the pressure on all the opposition in the midcourt.
ON FIRE: Marnie Burton kept delivering into the Euroa shooters.