A wet day with lit­tle joy for the Ea­gles

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SPORT - By DEMPSEY PAR­SONS

the Bears from their usual high scor­ing quar­ter, to only 11 goals be­ing the Ea­gles best quar­ter.

In the last quar­ter the Ea­gles showed ev­ery­one that they don’t give up and fight hard un­til the very last whis­tle.

This quar­ter the Ea­gles again man­aged to keep the Bears from a high scor­ing quar­ter with them only scor­ing 11 goals again.

Over­all the Ea­gles were happy with their ef­forts all round and their abil­ity to keep up a strong in­ten­sity for four quar­ters of net­ball with­out the dis­ap­point­ment of the score board af­fect­ing them.

The Ea­gles aren’t go­ing to let a week off af­fect their abil­ity to put up a strong fight in ev­ery game and are very ex­cited to take on Tatura in two weeks time, hop­ing to get a win up their sleeves.

This was shown in the de­fence end with So­phie Yencken and Robyn Jack­man ap­ply­ing pres­sure at all times.

Mid- court play­ers Leonie Berry, Jess Harris and El­iza Pol­lock had great drives bring­ing the ball easily down to the goalies Sue Dolling and Rose Hood.

The girls worked re­ally hard and con­nected well to make some beau­ti­ful plays but in the end it wasn’t enough to beat the Bears.

B grade will use the bye to their ad­van­tage and come out bet­ter at Tatura.

The first quar­ter saw El­lie Kip­ping and Amy Dixon-Reilly in the ring, shoot­ing ac­cu­rately and work­ing to­gether to get as many goals in the ring as pos­si­ble when they had the chance.

In mid court Grace Thompson, Alicia Foster and Tilly Lang pro­vided strong and def­i­nite leads to bring the ball down the court.

The leads came out of de­fence where So­phie Mitchell and Nelle Cousins got many tips to the balls and worked con­sis­tently to get around their play­ers and get in­ter­cepts and re­bounds from their ring.

Sec­ond Quar­ter saw Mil­lie Christo­pher go­ing into WA and Sarah Golin in to C where they both pro­vided many op­tions to the ball to make it eas­ier for their team­mates and were al­ways an op­tion around the ring for Kip­ping and Dixon-Reilly.

The rain made the girls slow the game down and take bet­ter care of the ball.

Shep­par­ton’s tight de­fence and court skills proved too good that day.

Although Mans­field never gave up, Shep­par­ton were able to get a sig­nif­i­cant lead and take the points this round.

The 17s are look­ing for­ward to work­ing harder and re­cov­er­ing over the bye this week­end and will be ready to face Tatura with a fresh mind on the 15th.

PHOTO: Ken Rains­bury

TOO WET?: Um­pires, cap­tains and coaches came to­gether to check the safety of the court be­fore the B Grade match be­gan.

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