They’ll take it
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
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
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