First win for sea­son

EA­GLES B RE­SERVE

Mansfield Courier - - Sport - By BEC WATKINS

PER­FECT net­ball conditions greeted us on Satur­day, and the B Re­serve girls were anx­ious know­ing that play­ing one of our big­gest ri­vals could po­ten­tially yield a win, the first for our sea­son.

The team had a solid line up and with Jemma Pur­cell back from ill­ness and Preet in fine form, our goal­ing was in safe hands.

We des­per­ately wanted to win for our heav­ily preg­nant coach, Monique Clarke.

Preet Sandhu, our res­i­dent goal attack, suf­fered a mild ham­string in­jury dur­ing train­ing Thurs­day night.

While she felt good at the start of warm up, her ham­string started to nig­gle to­ward the end.

The first quar­ter was pretty even be­tween the two sides, how­ever, Be­nalla strug­gled to get their goals in which were eaten up by Belle Ed­wards and Ner­ine Rogers with their strong re­bounds.

An­nie Ed­wards’ work rate was help­ful bring­ing the ball out of de­fence into our attack end.

All sea­son we have strug­gled with this, and it was dis­cussed pre­match that the at­tack­ers needed to re­frain from lead­ing too soon which con­gested the cen­tre third.

With this fresh in every­one’s mind it al­lowed the tran­si­tion to oc­cur with Mil­lie Christo­pher and Bec Watkins work­ing to­gether to feed the ball into Preet and Jemma.

Ellen’s magic hands al­lowed Preet to work hard and keep the Be­nalla goal de­fence busy which al­lowed a one on one con­test with Jemma and her goal keeper.

Mil­lie’s feeds were on fire to Jemma, she waited for Jemma to be in po­si­tion and set up prior to pass­ing it off.

Jemma’s work was cut out for her, with a very phys­i­cal op­po­nent who could also jump.

How­ever, Jemma’s ex­pe­ri­ence meant she dic­tated where the GK went and made sure they knew who was boss.

Bec Watkins, play­ing her sec­ond game for the sea­son af­ter in­jury, worked hard to keep the Be­nalla cen­tre out of the game.

With hands over the ball at each Be­nalla cen­tre pass, and any other time her op­po­nent had pos­ses­sion of the ball, cer­tainly worked as a num­ber of held balls and in­ter­cepts by Bec’s team­mates added an­other chance for Mans­field to score.

Lau­ren McGinty and Court­ney Pur­cell have a calm pres­ence on court, they never look flus­tered and let us know when we’re not on or the pass isn’t there.

They take con­trol of the game and can slow the play down when they have pos­ses­sion of the ball, which is what we need at times.

Satur­day saw the girls play out four quar­ters of net­ball, de­spite Be­nalla’s best ef­forts to catch us, we man­aged to hold on for the sweet vic­tory we have longed for.

RE­SULTS:

Best On Court: Bec Watkins (Spon­sored by Mans­field Ho­tel); Coach’s Award: Mil­lie Christo­pher (Spon­sored by MFNC Can­teen)

Fi­nal Scores: Mans­field 36 d. Be­nalla 33

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