Nagam­bie hits straps with 27-goal vic­tory

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORTS - By Lewis Fis­cher

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

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