Teams still chase flag dream Echuca

The Riverine Herald - - BOWLS -

B grade Echuca’s B grade play­ers were set and ready to play hard with a spot in the grand fi­nal just mo­ments away from them.

Com­ing out in the first quar­ter with ac­cu­rate shoot­ing, sen­sa­tional plays through­out the court and bril­liant re­bound­ing and in­ter­cepts in the de­fence pro­vided them with a fly­ing lead of 15-8.

Olivia Slat­tery re­ceived some great high balls in the goal cir­cle and con­verted goals along with Em­mi­son Ro­hde again shoot­ing with con­fi­dence and ac­cu­racy.

Zara Pear­son con­tin­ued to pro­vide drive and sup­port with her fit­ness shin­ing through all game.

Annabel John­son and Lucy Eish­old gave op­tions on the cen­tre pass and held their ground well.

Ta­mara Ni­cholls read the play beau­ti­fully and came up with the in­ter­cepts when her team needed them, both her and Erin De­lahunty con­tested balls early al­low­ing the girls to forge for­ward in the first half.

Anna Palmer came on with in­cred­i­ble con­fi­dence and want for the ball.

She held the front po­si­tion well and cre­ated fur­ther turnovers and set her team up well.

With the crowd be­hind Echuca be­ing strong, loud and sup­port­ive, it kept the girls fight­ing right un­til the end.

The girls held their lead through­out the game un­til the dy­ing sec­onds, when Be­nalla shot to put them­selves in the lead by one and the cen­tre pass.

Fi­nal scores be­ing 43-44 in favour of Be­nalla.

Time ran out for the Bombers and they now find them­selves in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal next Sun­day.

Best for Echuca were Zara Pear­son, Em­mi­son Ro­hde and Tam Ni­cholls. away with a grand fi­nal berth by de­feat­ing De­niliquin 32-26.

Un­der 17 United played four solid quar­ters, win­ning the first fi­nal against sec­ond spot Congupna 34-30 to se­cure their grand fi­nal po­si­tion.

The nerves af­fected both teams with rushed play and un­forced er­rors at times, but United ad­justed well to changes made at half time and pulled away from Congupna.

Great ef­fort by all play­ers across the court and con­grat­u­la­tions to Hay­ley Holmes play­ing her 100th and Jes­sica Gould play­ing her 50th games for the club.

C re­serve Af­ter an un­set­tled start to the day, Nu­murkah got a jump on the girls from which they did not re­cover.

The girls worked hard all game and played right to the end go­ing down by five goals, 38-43.

With an­other chance next week at Co­bram, we will band to­gether to make it to the grand fi­nal.

C grade The girls ral­lied to­gether to stand tall and put up a strong fight in a phys­i­cal, hard-fought game.

Al­though the game was fairly even un­til half time, Nu­murkah fi­nally got a hold on the game to come out win­ners, 39-28.

With a sec­ond chance next week, we will re­group and demon­strate why we are se­ri­ous fi­nal con­tenders.

B grade Af­ter a slow first quar­ter the team fought back in the sec­ond quar­ter to lead by one at half time over De­niliquin in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal at Nu­murkah on Sun­day.

The sec­ond half was tight with United tak­ing ad­van­tage of a num­ber of turnovers to push the lead out.

Chloe, Lisa and Tina were strong in the mid-court with lots of pres­sure and strong drives.

Kelly and Sarah worked tire­lessly and com­bined well to get hands to the ball and re­bounded strongly to cap­i­talise on op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Tan­ner and Sheri­dan with­stood some ag­gres­sive de­fence to stand strong and shot beau­ti­fully in the last quar­ter.

A fan­tas­tic team ef­fort that takes us one step closer to the main game, win­ning 45-38.

A grade What a ride the 2017 sea­son has been. Un­for­tu­nately United just came up short on Sun­day af­ter giv­ing De­niliquin an eight-goal lead in the first quar­ter.

The slow start hurt as the team played catch up for the rest of the game.

We stemmed the flow in the sec­ond and third quar­ters to go into three­quar­ter-time still eight goals down.

But to the girls credit, they never gave up and fought it out right to the fi­nal siren, go­ing down by just two goals with a fi­nal flurry of goals in the fi­nal few min­utes, 43-45.

Moama

Un­der 15 It was a nail bit­ing game with only one win­ner in the end, and un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t to be in Moama’s favour and we went down by one goal in ex­tra time.

A fab­u­lous ef­fort by all our girls giv­ing 110 per cent all game.

The girls should be very proud of their ef­forts this sea­son with a ma­jor­ity of the girls be­ing bot­tom age in un­der 15s this sea­son. It was a plea­sure to have coached th­ese won­der­ful girls this sea­son, they are lit­tle champs.

Awards to Matilda Lock­yer, El­iza Wil­liams and Chelsea Wright.

Un­der 17s It was a game that had it all, de­fen­sive pres­sure, ac­cu­rate goal­ing, great pas­sages of play by both teams, and at the end of full time the game was a draw.

Af­ter ex­tra time of five min­utes each end, the score re­mained a draw.

The game then con­tin­ued well past an ex­tra six min­utes un­til Moama man­aged to get a two-goal ad­van­tage in an ab­so­lute nail biter against De­niliquin.

The girls played an amaz­ing team game, play­ing high level net­ball un­der ex­treme pres­sure.

In an even team per­for­mance the award win­ners were Kate Mulc­ahy, Daisy Os­borne, Joelle Hore and Alan­nah Gil­mour.

A grade The girls made a large im­pact early against Ton­gala in the semi-fi­nal on Satur­day, go­ing into the half-time break with the lead.

De­fen­sively they made it dif­fi­cult for Ton­gala’s at­tack­ing end all game.

Steph Wat­son and Ge­or­gia Groves com­bined well in the ring and were ac­cu­rate in their at­tempts, which saw Ge­or­gia Groves re­ceive an award.

Cindy Kusli was the other award win­ner for her con­sis­tent ef­forts in wing at­tack.

A great team ef­fort and a pos­i­tive win by the girls as we head into the grand fi­nal, de­feat­ing the Blues 47-29.

Luke Hemer.

Echuca United net­ballers Gra­cie Ber­ry­man (left) and Remy Day in ac­tion against De­niliquin on Sun­day. Photo:

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