Roos hitting their stride
Football GIRGARRE made it back-to-back wins with a 79-point thumping of Violet Town on Saturday.
Any momentum Violet Town took from its close loss against Lancaster last weekend was quickly halted as the Roos kicked five unanswered first-term goals to lead 35-0.
Violet Town attempted to work its way back into the contest in the second quarter, booting two majors and keeping the Roos goalless.
But Girgarre came out with a vengeance after half time, kicking 10 goals to one in the second half.
Senior coach Shannon Tucker was at his influential best, kicking three goals in a dominant display.
Jake Hyland — who must be a favourite for the best and fairest — continued his strong season, while Ash Hughes and Callum Tucker played well.
Jackson Neville booted three majors and Phillip Hazelman helped himself to two.
Girgarre should continue its winning form next week when it faces a struggling Rushworth.
Netball GIRGARRE proved its mettle last weekend, steamrolling an unsuspecting Violet Town 63-26.
The round three rematch gave the Roos the chance to show the Towners what they’ve been working on in the past weeks and Gig coach Chloe Kavanagh said it was good to have a healthy margin.
“We weren’t sure how much we could win by but we were hoping to improve on last time. And I believe we got our highest score of the season,” Kavanagh said.
Jac Gahan was a weapon in goals and earned best on for the weekend with Kavanagh saying she pulled out all the party tricks as well as maintaining consistency throughout the game.
It was a special weekend for Dani Jones who celebrated a belated 150th game with a cake for 151 games.
Jones worked well on court with Jacinta Turgoose, and Kylie Battle turned it on in the midcourt despite having her work cut out for her.
“Our timing was on point, it was a great team effort and there was a lot of good talk on the court,” Kavanagh said.
This week the Roos have a bye before going to Rushworth where Kavanagh hopes to come away with a confidence-boosting win.
“We’re turning it up before coming up against Merrigum, we’ll be getting everything in place (against Rushworth) and hopefully we can have a better match with Merrigum compared to round seven,” Kavanagh said.
Football MERRIGUM had it all its own way from the opening bounce on Saturday, crushing Rushworth by 105 points. The Bulldogs’ dominance was on display in the first term as they booted 5.5 to open up a 28-point lead at the first break.
Another four in the second quarter and the Dogs had broken out to a 44-point lead by half time.
If Rushworth thought most of the damage was already done, they were wrong.
The Dogs came out and kicked 11 second-half goals to take the winning margin into three figures.
Josh Smith kicked five goals to take his season tally to 34, which puts him inside the top 10 goal kickers in the competition.
The Dogs had 10 different players kick a goal on the day, with Tristan Fitzsimmons helping himself to four and Jake Parkinson, Rhys Bucktin and Jacob Chessells all kicking two.
Merrigum will face Lancaster next week in a must-win game if it is to stay in touch with the top five.
Netball MERRIGUM clinched a four-goal win against Rushworth for its seventh success of the season.
With finals out of the equation, Louise Richards’ squad overcame a determined Tigers team vying to secure a rare win, with the coach at the forefront of the triumph.
Richards moved herself from goal keeper into goal defence for the second half, allowing her to give direction from the centre third and help her side move past Rushworth’s zones.
With the Bulldogs often falling victim to a third-quarter drop off, Richards paired Holly Maddock with Jaymee Frampton in the shooting circle.
‘‘I thought the changes did work and reduced the slump, but I would have liked to pull away more than we did,’’ Richards said.
‘‘They (Rushworth) did come back quite strong in the last quarter and we lost a few opportunities for converting some of our goals and they made use of the turnovers.’’
But Richards praised the consistent work of Alannah Scopelliti in the midcourt.
‘‘She played really, really well and has improved as the season has gone on in relation to getting rid of the centre pass a lot quicker,’’ she said.
Along with improving shooting accuracy, Richards wants to focus on defensive efforts for the rest of the season.
‘‘We may not make finals, but at least we can still work on those things leading into next season, we’re hoping to keep a few of the girls with a young team and hopefully pick up a goalie or two,’’ she said.
Football DESPITE some inaccurate kicking, Stanhope still managed a comfortable win over Undera on Saturday.
Stanhope had 39 scoring shots to Undera’s nine, but with only 14.25 to show from it missed out on a potential percentage boost.
The worst of the kicking came in the final term — where Stanhope
kicked 1.9 — but thankfully for them, the game was already iced.
After jumping out to a 29-point quarter-time lead, Stanhope’s momentum was slowed by Undera as it crawled its way back into the game to bring the deficit back to 15 points by the main break.
But the half-time rest gave Stanhope the time to reset, and it came out and blew Undera out of the game in a dominant third term.
By the final siren it was the Stanhope boys by 70 points, keeping them hot on the heels of ladder-leaders Tallygaroopna. Cobey Aynsley, Jack Young, Ryan Emmett and Thomas Hepburn all kicked multiple goals for Stanhope, while Stuart Trevena and Daniel Brock dominated.
Netball POISED to be a hotly contested match, the Undera-Stanhope clash proved anything but, with the Lions coming away victorious, 28-81.
Coach Kerrie Gray said the result came as a shock to her girls, who were ready for a battle from the first whistle.
“It was a really good win and a surprising win for us because we only beat them by eight goals in round three,” Gray said.
“I was nervous this might be a tough game for us so we were keen to get going early in the piece.”
Best on went to Emily Uhe in goals and Jam Young for her work through the midcourt.
“Emily played a really clever brand of netball and Jam just kept feeding the ball to goalers for those conversions,” Gray said.
Liv Quattrocchi also got the nod from Gray for her development, coming up to A grade and playing a solid three quarters.
“It was a good team effort last week and we’re all looking forward to the bye this week,” Gray said.
After the break, the Lions face up to Ardmona and then host Violet Town, which should be two comfortable wins for the side.
“We’re just looking to keep the momentum we’ve worked on last week and push ourselves for a solid finals performance,” Gray said.
Kylie Battle impressed in the midcourt for Girgarre.