B Grade girls ap­ply pres­sure

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By LEITH AZ­ZOPARDI

Gooram­bat 27 d. Bon­nie Doon 23 Best on: Stacey Bullen Coach’s award: Em Cun­ning­ham

AF­TER a good warm up, the B Grade girls were pumped to take the court and started strongly.

The first half saw Cass Mac (GS) and Breeza Barnes (GA) work­ing hard in the cir­cle with Em Cun­ning­ham (C) and Molly Walker (WA) feed­ing the ball in.

The op­po­si­tion de­fence was tight and phys­i­cal, how­ever, with pa­tience, BD was able to get it in and shoot for goal.

The mid courters along­side Mad­die Cook­sey (WD) ap­plied pres­sure in tran­si­tion with de­fend­ers Cass T (GD) hav­ing an­other great game and Stacey Bullen (GK) play­ing the best net­ball so far this sea­son.

Turnovers were aplenty in de­fence, yet a few op­por­tu­ni­ties were missed to con­sol­i­date the hard work.

Be­ing about eight goals down, changes were made at half time with coach Az­zopardi revving the girls up with the aim to win the sec­ond half.

Baby Bomberette Milli How­land came on and owned the C po­si­tion with Em mov­ing into WA.

This com­bi­na­tion along­side Cass T and Breeza in goals was ex­cit­ing to watch.

The de­fence end saw Cass Mac nail the WD po­si­tion and Narelle Sey­mour smash out the GD role, in what was a very spe­cial game for her to play, and with Stacey’s con­tin­ued amaz­ing ef­fort in GK, Gooram­bat started to look con­cerned.

We won the third quar­ter and were pumped for the last 15 min­utes.

Play by play, the girls pegged back the mar­gin and sup­ported each other ev­ery step of the way.

With some in­ter­est­ing ‘in­tim­i­da­tion’ tac­tics from the GBat bench, our girls weren’t fazed and if we had an­other five min­utes, the game would’ve been ours.

Al­though go­ing down by four at the fi­nal whis­tle, Az­zopardi was in­cred­i­bly proud of each team mem­ber for the ef­forts, team work, en­cour­age­ment and sup­port of each other, both on and off the bench.

Stacey took out best on court award with un­doubt­edly her best game so far.

Em C was awarded the coach’s award due to her tak­ing on the feed­back and ap­ply­ing it on court.

The vibe was great, ev­ery­one was pumped and the pos­i­tive en­ergy will only put us in a good po­si­tion to take on Bright at home this week.

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