Mans­field B girls forced to work against hot Echuca

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By LAILA ARMSDEN

Thomp­son who stepped in to a big role of cen­tre and did not dis­ap­point, and to Jacinda-Dixon Riley, who played her first game in B Grade and pro­vided some great mid-court de­fen­sive pres­sure in the se­cond half.

Thank you to Cof­fee Mer­chant and Com­mer­cial Ho­tel for the sup­port. Best on Court: (spon­sored by Choices Café) Laila Armsden Coach’s Award: (spon­sored by Mans­field Pizza) Matisse Gar­diner

THE 15&U team started with a strong warm up on Satur­day morn­ing, ea­ger for the com­ing game.

Step­ping onto the court, we knew we had to give it our all against Echuca.

We started strong with Ali­cia Rowe, Matisse Gar­diner, Meg Ma­honey and Kara Dolling in at­tack, work­ing the ball down to our ring with great ef­fi­ciency.

Laila Armsden and Tyla Ciarma were light on their feet, con­test­ing the ball in de­fense with the help of Chloe Rek­ers in WD.

At the end of the first quar­ter, we were up by one goal, a proud mo­ment our whole team.

Our se­cond and third quar­ters were strong and we fought for the ball against the un­de­feated Echuca Bombers.

We con­tin­ued to score goals with Lulu Mac­don­ald play­ing hard for the ball in C.

How­ever, by the end of the third quester, Echuca was just lead­ing.

The fourth quar­ter we saw Tyla Ciarma move into GK and Lulu Mac­don­ald in GD, light on their feet and at­tack­ing the ball with Chloe Rek­ers.

Our at­tack end con­tin­ued t o fight, with Ali­cia Rowe and Kara Dolling feed­ing the ball into the ring, as­sist­ing Meg Ma­honey and Matisse Gar­diner to score some amaz­ing goals.

Over­all, the U15’s played an ex­cep­tional game both as a team and as in­di­vid­ual net­ballers, but the Echuca Bombers won.

A huge thanks to Choices Café Mans­field and Mans­field Pizza for their spon­sor­ship.

PHO­TOS: Paul Martin

PASS: Darcy Crox­ford-De­masi passes the ball off dur­ing the hard fought match against Echuca.

HEIGHT: Jess Walker takes the leap of faith and stretches for the ball.

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