Doggies too strong
Blighty fails to hold on to early lead
With the weather unkind on Saturday and Strathmerton sitting third on the ladder, Blighty’s A Grade knew this game was going to be tough.
Strathy did not let up the pressure, but the Blighty girls held on for a well deserved win — 47 to 41.
The shooting combination of Courtney Healy and Tess Plattfuss held strong.
Di Sexton and Demi Blake’s drives through the centre were fantastic and the defenders made the Strathmerton girls work mighty hard for their goals. Awards: Gabby Ives and Suzie Falls. In B Grade it was third playing second, which made for a great game that lived up to expectations.
Although Blighty led at every change, it wasn’t an easy win.
Shania Bentley and Charlea Blake’s shooting and moving is really on the improve.
Di Sexton’s mid court play and passing was the driving force once again, with Lizzie Kingston and Tess Plattfuss dominating in the defensive end.
It was a tight battle all day between Blighty and Strathmerton, but the visiting Bulldogs took the win by 12 points when the final siren sounded.
Blighty led by a goal at quarter time before the Dogs got their noses in front in the second term.
Strathy held on to their lead for the rest of the match with Blighty staying within arms reach but unable to catch up.
It was a three goal effort from Shaun Downie that proved crucial for the visitors, and Matt O’Kane and Tyron Hill were also solid for the Dogs.
Containing Strathmerton spearhead Lee James to one goal gave Blighty full-back Matt Barker the nod for best on ground, while Josh Peers fought hard in the middle for the Redeyes.
Final score, Strathmerton 11.13 (79) to Blighty 10.7 (67).
The Redeyes improved on last week and came out in the first to kick 3.3 to 2.3 against the reigning premiers.
But the Dogs showed their class
Final score, Blighty 37 def. Strathy 25.
Awards: Di Sexton, Tess Plattfuss and Shania Bentley.
The C Grade girls agreed it was their best game to date this season, despite their loss.
It was a good steady game in wet conditions where defence held strong and shooters were consistent.
Final score, Blighty 33 def. by Strathy 34.
Awards: Jackie Schramm and Dana Beard.
A strong mid court game and great intercepts by the defenders meant more turnovers in C Res. It was a great day out in the rain.
Final score, Blighty 34 def. Strathy 7.
Awards: Nicky Burke, Mel Williams, Emma Warenycia, Rose Sievers and Ness Lewis.
The Under 17s girls continued with positive play and encouragement. Attackers worked excellent together and kept backing one another up. and led by 16 points at the final break, and then extended their lead by kicking the first of the fourth quarter.
From there Blighty managed to get two goals — one coming midquarter and one late — but were unable to chase down the Dogs.
‘‘We did show some improvement from last week but it was pretty disappointing to lose another close one,’’ assistant coach Jack Tyndall said.
‘‘Both sides were hard at it all day and there wasn’t much in it, but we just couldn’t quite get there.
‘‘We missed a few opportunities to bring ourselves back in it at crucial points of the game so that hurt us.
‘‘We had Kyel Bain and Brad Robson play in the middle to get the bigger bodies in there and they both did really well for us.
‘‘But there was an even amount of possession from both sides, they just managed to move the ball forward a bit better.’’
The injury woes for Blighty are getting worse every week with
Final score, Blighty 19 def. by Strathy 50.
Awards: Tiah MacDonald, Shannon Varty, Georgia Smith and Kelsey Hislop.
It was a cold rainy game, but the Under 15s played well and never gave up. They stepped up in the last half and went goal for goal.
Final score, Blighty 15 def. by Strathy 25.
Awards: Audrey James, Percy and Kim Montgomery.
It was a determined, hardworking team effort for the Under 13s which resulted in an impressive win against the second-placed Dogs — 19-11.
Great defending of the ball and beautiful work in and around the circle.
Awards: Zara Macdonald, Jasmine Ackers, Shelby Hislop and Olivia Hayes.
Minis awards went to Harmonie Tidcombe, Amy Weir and April Weir.
Also congratulations to Eliza Bradford for umpiring her first game of netball. Kaitlin Beau Close going down with a hamstring injury in the final term.
‘‘We won’t make any excuses, but the injuries certainly don’t help,’’ Tyndall said.
‘‘All we can do is move on to next week and make sure we get a win on the board.’’
It wasn’t all bad news for Blighty on the day with the reserves posting a five point win over Strathmerton.
Blighty were down by nine points heading into the final change before kicking three goals to one in the fourth term.
Final score, Blighty 6.7 (43) to Strathmerton 5.8 (38).
Michael Norman was best on ground for the Redeyes, booting five goals in the wet weather.
Bob Jacobsen was great in the middle for the home side with Aaron Litchfield, William Burton, Callum Campbell and Brock Gray all solid contributors for Blighty.
Jarrod Andrews gets a kick away for Blighty.