Dog­gies too strong

Blighty fails to hold on to early lead

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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.

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