Net­ballers fall to weather and premier

Campaspe News - - SPORT -

ROCHESTER’S A grade net­ball game against Echuca was called off early due to the weather but it hardly af­fected the re­sult with the Goul­burn Val­ley League premier prov­ing too strong for the Tigerettes.

The Rochy girls started slug­gishly, only shoot­ing three goals in the first quar­ter.

After a rev up from coach Linda the girls started to play a bet­ter game of net­ball.

Maddy Holt and Abbey Ding­wall worked hard in de­fence and turned over mul­ti­ple balls.

Lil­lian Ward, Ellie Cut­triss and Ella Roul­ston com­bined well through mid-court to bring the ball down the court.

A change in the shoot­ing cir­cle at three-quar­ter-time saw Jaime Ding­wall move into goal shooter , Mor­gan Ding­wall to cen­tre and Sahra Brooks into goal at­tack, and fol­low­ing the changes the ball flowed much bet­ter.

With rain pelt­ing down and light­ning flash­ing it was de­cided to end the game early for safety rea­sons.

Best play­ers Maddy Holt and Abbey Ding­wall. Scores: Rochester 28 lt Echuca 40. Un­der 15s: The girls knew they would have a hard task tak­ing on Echuca and in rainy con­di­tions it was a hard fought bat­tle.

The teams couldn’t be split with both teams fight­ing hard all game.

With the score even at three­quar­ter-time Echuca came out fir­ing to get a five-goal lead half way through the last quar­ter.

But our girls weren’t go­ing down with­out a fight, they worked hard and played some great net­ball to come back and even the scores.

Best: Teal Hock­ing, Charlee Roul­ston and Poppy Palmer.

Scores: Roch 36 drew with Echuca 36.

Un­der 17s: The girls took to the court in very wet con­di­tions and it took a while for both teams to settle in and get used to wet weather net­ball.

Echuca had a lit­tle more mo­men­tum and held a five-goal lead at half time.

The Rochy girls looked more set­tled in the sec­ond half and had ad­justed into the con­di­tions but couldn’t peg back the mar­gin.

Best: Lizzy In­gram, El­iza Wil­liams and Tazarni Clarke. Scores: Roch 23 lt Echuca 29. B re­serve: With con­di­tions not ideal for net­ball the girls ral­lied and stuck with a strong Echuca side for the first half but the girls couldn’t keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.

It was a see-saw­ing match with plenty of pos­i­tive signs es­pe­cially in the hor­rid weather, as the girls ran out of steam in the sec­ond half.

Best: Zali Hock­ing and Grace In­gram. Scores: Roch 21 lt Echuca 37. B grade: Satur­day wasn’t the best day for the girls who played with plenty of grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion but just couldn’t match Echuca.

After trail­ing 9-22 at half-time, a change in po­si­tions saw the girls try hard to peg a few goals back.

Best: Linda Ras­mussen, Shan­nen Keath and Jaime Ding­wall.

Scores: Rochester 25 lt Echuca 47.

Photo: Bruce Povey

Maddy Holt was one of Rochester's best play­ers in the loss to Echuca.

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