Final home game a Raiders’ winner
Claws out in netball
THE Rattle ’n’ Hum Reef Raiders played their last home game of the year in front of a large crowd on Saturday.
The Raiders knew they needed to win to start pushing for a final four spot and they did just that with Grae Gilbert scoring within the first five minutes.
Not to be outdone, Simon Chick scored straight after with a clever chip and chase saw him get five points on the board.
After the great start, the Raiders started to slow up and saw the Wanderers’ defence sharpen up but the Raiders played the percentages and THE claws are out as the Division 1 competition hots up with the Cougars claiming victory over Crocs 1 on Tuesday night.
The Crocs fought back to win the last quarter but gave the Cougars too much headstart. Best and fairest were awarded to the Cougars’ Keren Bohm and the Crocs’ Ebony McCarthy.
The second Division 1 game for the night saw Young Guns continue their winning streak with a victory over Rattle ’n’ Hum.
Guns took the court with only five players leaving GD Rebecca Nelson to defend Rattle’s two attacking players. Rebecca was awarded Best and Fairest along with Zara Ryan from Rattle for her outstanding shooting.
Crocs 2 was beaten this week by the Jets 47-12. The Jets’ player Karla Logan’s defence kept the ball away from the Crocs’ shooter which she was awarded Best and Fairest.
Ring Ins claimed a large victory over Gunnars with 21-5. Gunnars struggled to get the ball into the ring in the first two quarters and couldn’t fight back for the lead.
It was a close game between the Reptos and Wolverines this week, with Reptos coming out on top with a 22-17 win. Best and Fairest went to Chrissie Reushle from the Reptos for her impressive shooting. this saw them camp on the opposition’s line and it was Ethan Hoffman who scored out wide.
Then after some well-controlled ball play from the forwards, the backs put together a move and this resulted in Chick grabbing his second try.
But just before halftime fatigue was setting in and this saw the Wanderers get over the line.
After the break, the Raiders didn’t start well with the Wanderers scoring first and giving them a sniff.
But the Raiders picked up their act and this saw Tim make some big tackles and charging runs, and with the Wanderers’ defence tiring this let the Raiders play some running rugby with Liam Cowe and Nick Sherston scoring tries.
The final score was 34-12 to the Raiders, so with a bonus point win the Raiders will head into their final three matches on the road with confidence, starting this weekend at Innisfail.
Best players this week were Marty Paulger and Nick Sherston who had one of his best games of the year.
The Paddy’s Bar Man-of-the-Match went to Clint Kachel who backed up from last week.
No stopping him: Liam Cowe scoring in the corner