A grade girls can­ter to big win

Broughton and Frost share best on court

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS -

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.

PHO­TOS: Dale Mann

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.

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