Bon­nie Doon A graders make club proud against the top ranked side

Mansfield Courier - - SPORTS -

fit­ness do the talk­ing, driv­ing strongly down court to the very last minute.

Walker played out of her skin, feed­ing the ball into the goalers with a sense of calm and con­fi­dence be­yond her years.

With noth­ing to lose, Hutchins and Pur­cell de­cided to mix it with Pur­cell com­ing out of the ring to be­come the feeder with Hutchins be­ing left one on one in the goal cir­cle.

This com­pletely threw the King Val­ley de­fend­ers and frus­tra­tions be­gan to show.

Although the fi­nal re­sult saw Bon­nie Doon go­ing down by 11, heads were held high af­ter a ter­rific fi­nal game, in par­tic­u­lar the fi­nal quar­ter which saw the Bombers win the quar­ter by six goals, leav­ing King Val­ley with a bit of a wakeup call as they go into fi­nals.

This ef­fort topped off a fan­tas­tic sea­son for the A grade girls, see­ing many faces step up when needed, old faces re­turn and new faces stay.

With con­sis­tency in num­bers, next sea­son should see Bon­nie Doon sur­prise a lot more clubs, not just King Val­ley. goalers were pre­cise.

Zoe Files and Lizzie Con­rick worked the de­fen­sive end com­ing up against a very strong goal­ing com­bi­na­tion, but were able to get taps, in­ter­cepts and re­bounds to help the team.

Grace Rus­sell was awe­some in wing de­fence as well as wing at­tack, where a game high­light was her un­in­ten­tional goal from out­side the ring.

Some changes were made lead­ing into the sec­ond half - McGre­gor moved into de­fence, Files into cen­tre, and un­der 17 girls Sarah Carns (GA) and Amelia Kir­ley (WD) stepped up also.

It was great to see the ver­sa­til­ity of the team in adapt­ing to changes and the ease with which the younger girls took the game on.

De­spite not get­ting a win Doon can hold their heads high be­cause through­out the sea­son the girls have come to­gether as a team and learnt that win­ning isn’t ev­ery­thing and en­joy­ing them­selves is just as im­por­tant.

A big thank you goes out to all the girls who have helped the B grade side through­out the sea­son, and a mas­sive con­grat­u­la­tions to our awe­some cap­tain Karisse Hunter for tak­ing out the Ovens and King League MVP. and great pas­sages of play.

This re­sulted in the gap at the end of the game be­ing only six goals.

The shoot­ers of Michelle Tan­ner, Jess Walsh and Cassie Turner shot ac­cu­rately and worked hard all game against very strong de­fend­ers.

The mid- courters of Erin Browning, Court­ney Pur­cell and Alicha Caminito kept try­ing hard all game against very speedy op­po­nents.

They kept lead­ing and cre­at­ing space with strong feeds into the goals.

The de­fen­sive end of Tracey Webb, Han­nah Shee­han, Melissa Hamil­ton and Indi McLen­non kept the pres­sure on the goalers for the en­tire game and were re­warded with many re­bounds and in­ter­cepts.

Although the girls didn’t come up with the win, it was a pleas­ing way to fin­ish the sea­son.

This team has been an awe­some group of girls to play with all sea­son. Well done girls.

PHOTO: Peter Hunt

DANCE MOVES: Wade Clark al­most pirou­ettes as he reaches for the ball with Leigh Hughes (left) shep­herd­ing the op­po­si­tion.

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