THE Douglas Junior Netball competition started last Tuesday with the 10/Under Pythons playing the Gladiators, both teams came out fighting with looks of fierce determination in their eyes.
Pythons centre Tayhla Catienta was everywhere showing her versatility on the court and Libby Buzza in GK defended brilliantly. T he second quarter saw the Gladiators storm into the game with Jenna Kerswell showing great skill all over the court. The second half was fast and furious with Gladiators Keeley Poole and Heidi Pashen all over the ball, but the Python’s Charlotte Dowling on a shooting streak kept the team up on goals.
Final score Pythons 6 def. Gladiators nil. (report by Jodi Hepner). On Court 2 the Wildcatz played the Net Set Go girls, the teams combined to play evenly matched teams in teaching the newcomers to the game.
Jay Heidke was strong moving the ball down the court and Jordan Scott fantastic in her favoured centre position.
Jasmine Dodds also played well in attack. The Net Set Go players demonstrated improved skills thanks to the older girls, Michaela Nesbitt’s strength allowed her to make several great shooting attempts, Grace Richardson made some great intercepts and passes as GK and Edie Thurtell played a number of court positions and moved well towards some open court to receive solid passes. Thanks to the Wildcatz for supporting the Nettas, you do your coach proud.
The 12/Under competition on court 1 saw the Diamonds play the Poison Apples, the Diamonds sparkled from the first quarter, leading 6 goals to 3 by half time, Piper Adams was excellent in the goal circle and Jasmine Kirk pivotal in moving the ball towards goal. The Poison Apples with great plays by Ella Dodds, Denby Woods and the irrepressable Tiah Mclean played some great netball but not strong enough to overcome the Diamonds. Final score Diamonds 9 def. Apples 5. Court 2 saw the Red Hot Peppers play the Miallo Allstars, each quarter the girls from each team fought hard for posession of the ball with great umpiring from the 14/Under girls and Coral Deen’s guidance the game kept a fast pace. Natayah from the Peppers was steaming hot and Anndria Santa Cruz from Miallo Allstars continued to excel in all positions to help the Allstars score a 10 nil lead. (Report Felicity Mellows).
The 14-16/Under Competition on Court 1 had the Fusion playing the 12/Under Reps, both teams played well the Reps came out firing ending the first half only 1 goal down, Piper Adams for the Reps shot well for goal and made space in the goal circle to receive the ball, Cartier Bennett and Bonnie Francis put in great defensive games.
The Fusion picked up their pace in the second half minus one of their older players and had to dig deep to take the win, Mikaela Goodwin was good in defence and Elle Kadwell was ever reliable making space and leading well for the ball. Final score Fusion 26 def. Reps 16. Court 2 played the Vipers and the Breakers, the Vipers who took a while to settle into the game with a lot of giggling going on picked up their act with Saisha Schonenberger intercepting well and Jade Schuck shooting accurately and energetic in attack, Tayler Durie was very effective in WA and Centre. The Breakers with a welcome back to Lucy Webster played well, Tyler Mous was great intercepting and Georgia Duncan put in yet another excellent game as GK, great to have Jess Viola return to the team, she played well shooting some great goals. Final score Vipers 17 def. Breakers 2. The Dynamite played the Sapphires on court 3, Dynamite took a while to get started shooting 4 goals to 10 by half time Megan Von Keyserlingk in goal defence intercepted very well and stuck to her player along with Simone Pringle who leapt well to gain intercepts. The Sapphires played very good netball with some great passing and positioning on the court, Brittany Bowen was a standout in the first quarter and a welcome back to Frankie Webster from New Zealand rejoining Douglas Netball after a break. In the 3rd quarter Dynamite shot 9 goals to 2 making a strong come back but could not get the win. Final score Sapphires 16 def. Dynamite 15.
Thanks to our Junior Umpires: Georgia Duncan, Shannon Lincoln, Mikeala Goodwin, Zara Ryan, Karla Logan, Lauren Ryan, Lana Baxter, Georgia Kelly, Bonnie & Kyah Francis.
Douglas Netball is taking a 11, 12, 14, 16/Under and a Senior Team to Innisfail this weekend to compete in the Marlin Coast Netball Carnival in a 2 day event starting Saturday morning and finishing with presentation at 2pm on Sunday at the Innisfail Netball Association. The carnival provides a fantastic opportunity for our netballers to play against other teams in the region and a great get together for the teams, coaches and umpires over the course of the weekend. Douglas Netball will provide Friday night dinner at the Flying Fish Van Park and we look forward to a fun and sporting weekend. “red hot” Mitch Bohm who finished with five majors. Best Players: Ashley, Joe, Liam and Mitch Goal Kickers: Mitch 5, Aiden 3, Ashley 2, Aaron 2, Connor 2, Chaseley 2 and one each to Amani, Ethan and Charlie
The under 8-14’s had a bye.