Jnr net­ball wrap

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

DOU­GLAS Ju­nior Net­ball was played last Tues­day at the Port Dou­glas courts with the Un­der10 Pythons do­ing their best to put the squeeze on the Net Set Go Team.

The Net Set Go girls showed off their im­proved court po­si­tion­ing skills, with Alyssa Jones al­ways on her game and ready to snatch the passes.

And Grace Richard­son used her zone skills while de­fend­ing while Alex Brown showed great de­ci­sion mak­ing, and Edie Thurtell, Anna Padovan, Bri­anna In­gram and Michaela Nes­bitt are also to be con­grat­u­lated for their con­sis­tent team­work.

The Wild­catz played the Gla­di­a­tors on court 1, in an­other ex­cit­ing match up. The Gla­di­a­tors’ Ge­or­gia McCarthy and Jenna Ker­swell moved the ball down the court well with Ebony Scho­nen­berger shoot­ing the first few goals. For the Wild­catz, awe­some circle work by Myah Lowen­stein-Jones and mid-court work by Jor­dan Scott and Jay Hei­dke kept the game very ex­cit­ing trad­ing goal for goal un­til the fi­nal siren.

The Wild­catz just man­aged to edge out their op­po­nents for a one goal win 7-6. The Best and Fairest player award was given to Sophee Wat­son and Kate Padovan, and the Play­ers’ Choice award was given to Jor­dan Scott and Chelsea McKay.

The Un­der 12 com­pe­ti­tion on court 1 saw the Di­a­monds play the Allstars, the Allstars came out dom­i­nat­ing the play with good leads, strong passes and ac­cu­rate shoot­ing by Krys­tal Schultz and con­fi­dent de­fence from Matilda Mel­lows which un­set­tled the Di­a­monds.

It was a well-con­tested game but the Di­a­monds man­aged to pull away in the last quar­ter win­ning a close game 11-8. Bon­nie Fran­cis and Kalani Revel’s de­fence was strong and Kyah Fran­cis and Jas­mine Kirk’s goal were just enough to get over the line and take the win.

But it wasn’t easy with Lana Bax­ter’s speed through the cen­tre, Leah Nash was strong with her passes and An­ndria Santa- Cruz had awe­some de­fence.

The Poi­son Ap­ples played the Red Hot Pep­pers on court 2 and the stand-out play­ers for the Pep­pers were shoot­ers Savaanah Scott, Ebony Scho­nen­berger and their cen­tre Faith Kemp­ster who kept the op­pos­tion on their toes.

Denby Woods was fan­tas­tic in de­fence for the Ap­ples and great shoot­ing by Sascha Lowen­stein-Jones and Lau­ryn Sci­acca left no doubt to who was go­ing to win. Height was a def­i­nite ad­van­tage for the Ap­ples win­ning 23-3.

In the Un­der 14 to 16 com­pe­ti­tion on court 1 had the Reps 12s play­ing the Vipers. The Reps played a fan­tas­tic game of net­ball this week and they held on to the Vipers ty­ing un­til the third quar­ter.

Kyah Fran­cis played awe­some shoot­ing along with Sascha Lowen­stein-Jones, and Cartier Bennett play­ing at­tack and de­fence was awe­some. Scores were even at the third quar­ter where the Vipers struck back with 10 goals in the last quar­ter and Jess Ea­gle-Rowe play­ing cen­tre, but who is nor­mally goal de­fence brought the game home. The fi­nal score was 16-6. The Sap­phires played the Fu­sion on court 2 and both teams were short play­ers and so they played five aside. The Sap­phires were let down by silly passes and the Fu­sion team was helped with great shoot­ing by Estha Nulty, and the fi­nal score was Fu­sion 26 beat the Sap­phires 13.

The Break­ers played the Dy­na­mite on court 3, and Dy­na­mite with its ex­cel­lent pass­ing dom­i­nated the game and out­classed the Break­ers with ex­cel­lent shoot­ing by Bronte Lowen­stein-Jones and Mar­ley Cairns.

Jess Vi­ola was her usual dy­namic self for the Break­ers, and Ge­or­gia Dun­can and Tully Case had their work cut out for them in de­fence but tried hard. And Ge­or­gia Dun­can was par­tic­u­larly good against the odds. Lucy Web­ster fin­ished the game with an amaz­ing long shot for goal for the Break­ers. The fi­nal score was 26 to 3.

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