Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By SHAN­NON CAMERON

A SUNNY day in Echuca was a great day for a strong con­test.

Mans­field came out hot with the first two goals.

How­ever, it was quickly ap­par­ent that the whole team had their work cut out for them against the top three team, Echuca.

Echuca set up a zone de­fence which meant Mans­field were forced to work hard and lead strong.

The girls had great in­ten­sity in the of­fen­sive end with Sarah Walker con­tin­u­ally do­ing some great leads onto the cen­tre passes and pro­vid­ing op­tions around the ring.

El­lie-Rose Kip­ping us­ing her height con­tin­ued to pro­vide a fail-safe op­tion into the ring, en­abling Steph Ward and Sue Dolling to ex­e­cute some great goaler ro­ta­tions to match plenty of Echuca’s goals.

The Echuca play­ers moved fast and ef­fec­tively, miss­ing very few goals through­out the game.

Great de­fen­sive pres­sure was pro­vided by Rose Hood and Tilly Lang, who con­tin­ued to work hard with­out get­ting dis­cour­aged by the score­board.

Un­for­tu­nately, the score­board at the end of the game did not re­flect the ef­fort that was put in by all play­ers on the court.

Echuca were very strong in all as­pects of their game, but Mans­field cer­tainly had some great ar­eas of play and has demon­strated im­prove­ment each week.

Spe­cial men­tions to Grace Best on Court: (spon­sored by Davon’s Hair) Shan­non Cameron Coach’s Award: (spon­sored by Guardian Phar­macy) Caitlin Wil­cox

THE morn­ing started off early with a l ong drive t o Echuca, and we knew we had a tough game ahead of us but that didn’t stop us try­ing our best and play­ing for each other.

The de­fen­sive end put a lot of pres­sure on very ac­cu­rate shoot­ers and got many tips and in­ter­cepts to work in our favour.

Through the mid court there were some great pas­sages of play work­ing the ball out of their de­fen­sive setup and our tim­ing, in­ten­sity and strong passes were a high­light.

The ball was worked around the ring and fed into the goalers well who moved con­sis­tently and worked with each other to cre­ate space and they put up many shots and fought hard for the re­bounds.

Our thoughts are with Lu­cie and Emily this week for the loss of their Grandpa.

Thank you to Davon’s Hair and Guardian Phar­macy for their amaz­ing sup­port.

STRETCH: Shan­non Cameron reaches out for the ball.

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