Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Deni Rams netball report:
A grade: Rams 56 lost to Moama 61.
Not forgetting our season opener game against Moama, one of our toughest for the season, the Rams knew the match against the Pies would be a test. It was an opportunity to see and challenge potential strengths and adjust any weaknesses as a team collectively before finals. After a few weeks off the court, it was clear to see impacts restrictions have had on flow and structure on and off the court. Going down by five goals was not at all disappointing. Moama provided a game full of class and one that pushed our stamina as a team. The high intensity game of speed and strength is exactly what we all needed to push ourselves to be the best that we can be coming into the finals series. Thank you to Jodie Lake and all of her girls for a brilliant match, and we hope to see you again in finals.
Special mention goes to Elle Parsons, Makhaya Mitsch, Felicity Jefferies and Hannah Ford. You girls are amazing!
Awards: Rhiannon Maxwell, Ella Harvey, Molly Shaw.
B grade: Rams 39 lt Moama 50. Four weeks since our last game, we were all ready to take the court. It was such a great game, coming up against the ladder leaders – Moama. There were a lot of momentum changes within the game, but in the end we were able match them on Saturday. Elle Parsons and Felicity Jefferies worked across that line together down defence, producing many intercepts which were then fed through Molly Shaw. She was able to open up the centre of the court and then get back and land on the ring to feed into Georgina Mildren at the shooting end. Let’s all keep up the good work and hope the season can continue.
Awards: Elle Parsons, Molly Shaw, Felicity Jefferies.
C grade: Rams 42 def Moama 41. A game we have been waiting for all season. Rams had nothing to lose, but so much to prove. We came out strong, working well to put defensive pressure on down the court and were able to get a good 10 goal lead throughout the game. Nat Free had great vision with passes into the ring and opened up the mid court to allow movement from the shooters. Bella White had strong drives and combined well with Eloise Maher. Ella Park and Steph Birk teamed well in defence and provided plenty of talk. An injury mid-game altered dynamics, but Rams keep pushing to keep the lead. Moama lifted and came back in the last quarter but Rams held on by one. Great game girls.
Awards: Club incentive – Bella White; White Lion – Janice Hilton; IGA celebrations – Eloise Maher; Brontes – Ella Park.
C reserve: Rams 47 def Moama 35. After a seven week hiatus from matches, C reserve were fired up ready to go against ladder leaders Moama. They had a score to settle after being defeated in the opening round by six goals, and settle the score they did. The girls had a very strong start, led by Laura Circuitt in defence, who took multiple intercepts to turn the ball over. Circuitt was well assisted by fellow defender Mel Broadbent. Deni were able to settle early and play their own brand of netball, with Jerah Henderson running out her signature game in centre on what was a hot day for our return to the court. Kaila Park positioned beautifully in attack to set herself up for many scoring opportunities.
U17s: Rams 61 def Moama 28. How amazing was it to back on the court? The team made the most of every minute on the court as did our extended team, cheering from court side. The scoreline was not really
reflective of the game. Moama were their usual tough, competitive self. We contribute the win to trusting our game plan and our strong attacking game that switched defence with ease. Chloe Way was seeing the ball like a watermelon, Hannah Ford deflected and rebounded anything that came her near her, Jemma Smith’s baseline shut downs and drives through the mid-court were a standout and Macie Free’s closing speeding continually stopped Moama’s drive. A shout out to Mia Parks, Bonnie Everett, Phoebe Jefferies and Stella White for their contributions over the season.
Awards: Chloe Way, Hannah Ford, Jemma Smith, Macie Free. U15s: Rams 40 def Moama 28. The 15s had a super tough and strong game. Moama came out firing, making it a tough game from the very first whistle. Bonnie Everett, Stella White and Shae Learmonth held at the attacking end, shooting accurately and moving swiftly. Mia Parks, Ava Robinson and Paige Brown were determined and speedy in the midcourt showing their skills and precision. Emma Parks, Phoebe Jefferies and Sophie Hiller all worked tirelessly in defence picking off many passes and taking rebounds with aggression. The girls fought back to take the win.
Awards: Subway – Mia Parks; FitNow – Bonnie Everett; McDonald’s
– Emma Parks; White Lion Hotel – Paige Brown.
U13s: Deni 25 def Moama 22. Saturday saw a return to netball for the u13s after a few weeks off, and what a game. Moama were strong and held the lead for the majority of the game. However a great team effort and positive attitude from the girls saw them eventually take the win by three goals. Phoebe Newman was strong in attack with her great positioning, accurate shooting and feeding into the ring. She was well supported by Georgia Henderson, who had strong drive in the mid court and provided her team mates lots of encouragement. Brilliant defensive pressure and reading of the play from the Ava Richards created many turnovers which allowed the attack to consolidate. Molly Bradley played well across the court. She played strong in defence and then was accurate in goals.
Awards: Bennetts Intersport – Phoebe Newman; White Lion – Molly Bradley; Scoop ‘n’ Brew – Georgia Henderson; Subway – Ava Richards.
U11s: Not scored. Captained by Arielle Hillier, the girls got off to a good start. They were strong in their attack and defence all over the court, for the entire game.