Netballers fall to weather and premier
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.
Maddy Holt was one of Rochester's best players in the loss to Echuca.