B grade ladies rise above their arch neme­sis the Sey­mour Li­ons

Euroa Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORTS -

Mil­dren-Ni­cel worked tire­lessly to cur­tail the strong Sey­mour at­tack­ers, but in the end they were too strong, with the young Euroa girls go­ing down 29-43.

De­spite the loss, co-coaches Tea­gan Kohn and Kelly Hill be­lieve the un­der 17 girls have had a sen­sa­tional year.

They have con­tin­ued to im­prove and de­velop their re­spec­tive games, with many step­ping up to play se­nior net­ball at var­i­ous times - an enor­mous achieve­ment.

Best on court hon­ours for the fi­nal game went to El­lie Jager, Zara Hinss and Ashley Allen. B Re­serve Fi­nal score: Euroa 41; Sey­mour 36 Sey­mour has tra­di­tion­ally been a very tough op­po­nent and this was a very phys­i­cal con­test from start to fin­ish.

The Mag­pies who were buoyed by a win last week, were keen to get off to a good start but they knew that they were in for a bat­tle when the Li­ons got out to a 13-11 lead at quar­ter time on the back of some ac­cu­rate shoot­ing.

The Euroa at­tack­ing com­bina- tion of Tayla Robin­son, Ma­hony Fothergill, Ashlee Wilde and Kelsey Thom­son worked bril­liantly in the sec­ond quar­ter and Euroa re­gained the lead 23-19 at half time.

There was more of the same in the third quar­ter and it looked like Euroa was go­ing to run away with it be­fore a Li­ons’ come­back in the last quar­ter forced the Mag­pies to dig deep and they held on for a 41-36 win.

Cap­tain Ashlee Wilde was best on court at goal at­tack with ex­cel­lent con­tri­bu­tions from Kelsey Thom­son, Emily Qu­at­trochi, Abby Wil­liams and Tayla Robin­son.

The B Re­serve girls fin­ished the sea­son with five wins which was a good im­prove­ment af­ter fin­ish­ing on the bottom of the lad­der in each of the last two sea­sons (one win in 2016 and two wins in 2015). B Grade Fi­nal score: Euroa 55; Sey­mour 44 Keen to fin­ish the sea­son on a high, B grade got off to a fly­ing start against Sey­mour.

With full court pres­sure be­ing ap­plied down the court, any turnovers were quickly con­verted with the Pies head­ing into the break-up, 17-12.

Alyssa Flint and Kim Saxon once again com­bined well in de­fence and kept work­ing hard in a tight goal cir­cle.

Down the other end, Tea­gan Kohn had her best game of the sea­son and man­aged to find her­self with plenty of space for Marnie Bur­ton to feed the ball to.

Ac­cu­rate shoot­ing al­lowed Euroa to ex­tend their lead and to head into half time with a 9 goal lead.

Me­gan Coburn also fed the ball well into the shoot­ers and Emily McMa­hon was her re­li­able self, look­ing for in­ter­cepts in the mid court.

Euroa man­aged to keep con­trol of the game for the en­tire four quar­ters and were re­warded with a win to fin­ish off the sea­son.

The best play­ers for the day were Tea­gan Kohn, Kim Saxon and Me­gan Coburn. A Grade Fi­nal score: Euroa 39; Sey­mour 45 It was a su­per im­por­tant game for the A grade girls this week, want­ing to keep their place in the six, and the game was played with that in­ten­sity from the first whis­tle.

Sey­mour got off to a great start, mov­ing the ball quickly into at­tack.

Katie Parkes and Kelly Hill made the Sey­mour goalers ac­count­able for any missed goals, re­bound­ing strongly un­der the post.

Euroa made a cou­ple of changes in the sec­ond quar­ter, which saw the mo­men­tum be­gin to swing their way.

El­iza Hoare pro­vided some strong drives down the court and fed goalers Deanne Tup­pen and Laura Emanuelli well.

Han­nah Broughton re­placed Kali Frost due to ill­ness at half time and put her body on the line to en­sure Euroa were mak­ing the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Euroa had pegged back an early Sey­mour lead to go goal for goal in the fi­nal few min­utes of the game.

Jenna Raglus took some great in­ter­cepts to give Euroa ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, how­ever a cou­ple of mis­takes in the dy­ing min­utes cost Euroa the game and there­fore their place in the fi­nal se­ries.

Best play­ers: Laura Emanuelli, Kelly Hill, Jenna Raglus.

Well done to the A Grade girls on a won­der­ful sea­son, so on­wards and up­wards for sea­son 2018.

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