They’ll take it

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORTS - By Alison O'Con­nor Tea­gan McCarthy shoots for goal in B-grade.

It wasn’t pretty, but a win’s a win and Avenel will take it.

The Swans over­came a slow start to de­feat Stan­hope, claim­ing the four points with a 36-22 win.

Stan­hope was up for the chal­lenge against the reign­ing pre­mier, with nei­ther side able to gain much trac­tion in the open­ing quar­ter. Turnovers from both sides saw the ball go­ing from end-to-end with­out score, and Avenel held a slen­der lead at quar­ter-time.

Avenel’s plight wasn’t helped by the ab­sence of chief goaler Kathryn Hard, whose an­kle in­jury will have her out for at least a month.

Erin En­gel filled the goal­shoot­ing void left by Hard in the open­ing half be­fore re­turn­ing to her more fa­mil­iar post in de­fence and was one of her side’s best, while fel­low de­fender Laura Mundy did a power of work in de­fence to put a stop to Stan­hope’s scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

B-grade goaler Sarah Brown came on and teamed with Te­gan Side­bot­tom af­ter half time and the pair picked up where they left off from last year’s flaw­less B-grade sea­son.

The Swans started to pull away in the sec­ond half, turn­ing the four-goal half-time buffer into a 14-goal vic­tory.

‘‘Com­ing off a two-week break was a bit tricky for the girls, we were def­i­nitely a bit rusty, but we fought it out and got the re­sult we wanted,’’ coach Te­gan Han­son said.

‘‘Miss­ing Kathryn meant we had to make some mi­nor ad­just­ments, so for the first half we were play­ing out of po­si­tion a bit.

‘‘I think if we keep to our struc­tures and keep prac­tis­ing and work­ing at train­ing, we’re go­ing to put to­gether some re­ally good net­ball.’’ Score: Stan­hope 22 lt Avenel 36.

Com­ing off a two-week break is al­ways hard, and the first quar­ter was a tough one. But the girls dug deep and played smart, fluent net­ball.

By half-time the score be­gan to open up, with Ros Ruther­ford, Bec Bath and Brooke Ma­her shut­ting down Stan­hope’s goal chances.

Our mid­court play­ers dom­i­nated, with Sarah D’Or­ria, Libby Daw­son, Kelly Smith and Gen Gordon feed­ing the goal­ing com­bi­na­tions with con­sis­tent ball.

Sarah Brown played her first game and stamped her author­ity in the goal ring, com­bin­ing beau­ti­fully with Tea­gan McCarthy.

Avenel fin­ished with a strong win, 59-21.

Awards went to Sarah Brown and Brooke Ma­her.

The C-grade girls had a great win against Stan­hope on Satur­day, 38-29.

It was a whole team ef­fort, with the de­fence work­ing over­time to shut down Stan­hope’s goalers, while the girls were pa­tient in their tran­si­tion to the at­tack end where they were able to con­vert the goals.

El­yse Bain and Keely Gog­gin

B-grade C-grade

walked away with the awards.

This week we saw our girls go down against Stan­hope — a skilled side with great com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Our de­fence end worked hard all game with sev­eral in­ter­cepts and re­bounds.

De­fender Dakota Grif­fiths stood out with her de­fend­ing and giv­ing it her all.

With our de­fend­ers and mid­courters bring­ing the ball down the court we were not able to re­ward our­selves as much as we would have liked.

Shooter Mag­gie McDon­ald con­tin­ued to move around the ring through­out the game with great talk­ing to the team.

Awards went to Dakota Grif­fiths and Mag­gie McDon­ald.

This week we played against Stan­hope.

We had a change of coaches, with Kelly Quigg and Bec Kirby tak­ing on the un­der-15s for the first time.

We played with our bare min­i­mum seven play­ers which to­gether worked well, talk­ing and mov­ing around the court all game.

Our mid­courters and de­fend­ers Mitch Lusted and Will Ma­son played ex­cep­tion­ally well all game, with sev­eral in­ter­cepts and driv­ing into space all game.

Awards this week went to Mitch Lusted and Will Ma­son. — Lower grade re­ports sup­plied

by Avenel FNC

Un­der-17 Un­der-15

Tak­ing aim:

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