Nagambie hits straps with 27-goal victory
Nagambie is beginning to hit its stride, upending Merrigum by 27 goals on Saturday.
The Lakers started the game well, setting up a 17-goal lead at half-time.
Nagambie’s defensive half was bolstered through the return of Elizabeth Fuhrmeister, who missed rounds one and two, and Rachael Mundy, who was out last week.
The pair combined well with Danica Worthington to hold Merrigum to just 14 goals in the first half and 17 in the second.
The trio created several turnovers for the team and the Lakers were able to hurt Merrigum on the counter, with Sarah O’Sullivan and Katie Sullivan feeding the Nagambie goalers well.
Nagambie was accurate again in front of goal, shooting 15 and 16 in the first and second quarters respectively, and 15 again in the last.
Nagambie coach Abby Misiti was pleased with the Lakers’ team effort.
‘‘Having the girls back in gave us a lot of flexibility and a lot of options,’’ she said.
‘‘Our goalers are starting to really develop a connection and that’s only going to continue to improve as the season goes on.’’
Nagambie comes up against Violet Town this week and Tallygaroopna the next week before heading into a double bye, which rounds out a challenging start to the season for the Lakers.
‘‘It’s a tough start but that’s good because that lets us know where we’re at and how we’re going,’’ Misiti said.
Rachael Mundy won the club incentive award on her return to the court.
Score: Nagambie 58 d Merrigum 31
B-grade After a tight first half, Nagambie’s B-grade girls combined well to beat Merrigum away from home.
The girls gelled well together and set the pace for the day.
The Zotti sisters showed consistency throughout the game while the Lakers’ defenders shut down Merrigum’s dominant goalers.
Hannah Tranter was accurate again in front of goal, earning the incentive award. Lucy Zotti won the other award. Score: Nagambie 49 d Merrigum 34
C-grade The Lakers played a strong game across the court.
Both Bec and Sarah shot consistently in front of goal and took advantage each time the Lakers forced a turnover.
Jackie and Keely were strong in defence, making lots of interceptions and forcing plenty of turnovers.
Merrigum held Nagambie with a lot of tight pressure in the midcourt but the Laker girls were able to find space around them, providing the goalers with lots of opportunities.
The incentive awards went to Rebecca Comi and Keely Woosnam.
Score: Nagambie 43 d Merrigum 23
Under-17 It was a fantastic four-quarter effort by all the girls.
Plenty of turnovers created a lot of opportunities for the goalers.
Lucy and Alicia worked well again, talking and giving direction to create pressure and turnovers.
Maddison worked hard attacking and improved her defence in the second half.
Tasman shot beautifully again, working well with Kelsey and Ella.
It was a good effort by all the girls.
Incentive awards were divided between Ella Mason, Maddison Biggs and Tasman Talylor-Lloyd.
Score: Nagambie 46 d Merrigum 15
Under-15 Alexia moved well and did everything that was asked of her.
Mikayla was strong in defence, creating lots of turnovers.
Amelia came on in the second half and created lots of drive into attack.
It was a closely contested game, but the Lakers need to protect their turnovers and make sure they are are moving into space and making good choices with passes.
Incentives went to Alexia Zintilis and Amelia O’Brien.
Score: Nagambie 18 lt Merrigum 25 — Lower grade reports supplied
by Nagambie FNC