Blighty’s big Bull­dog win

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Strath­mer­ton brought some tough com­pe­ti­tion to the Blighty courts on Satur­day, with round 11 of the Pi­cola League sea­son proving to be an ex­cit­ing one for play­ers and spec­ta­tors.

In A grade, Blighty had a tri­umphant 20-goal win over the Bull­dogs, 66 goals to 46.

Blighty shooter Rhi­an­non Maxwell was named best on court for her ex­tremely ac­cu­rate shoot­ing in goal at­tack. Demi Blake in the cen­tre court and goal shooter Emily White were also awarded for their im­pres­sive tac­tics and skill through­out the game.

Blighty B grade went goal for goal with the Dog­gies, with nei­ther team able to pull away.

Fit­tingly the match fin­ished with scores level on 41 apiece.

Blighty de­fender Gabby Ives took away the award for best on court for her count­less in­ter­cepts.

Shooter Charlea Blake was also awarded for her con­sis­tency in the goal ring.

The C grade net­ballers fought tire­lessly to the end but also came away with a draw, 34 apiece.

De­fend­ers Emma Barker and Alana Coates were awarded for their ef­forts, along with shooter Jess Smith.

C-re­serve proved too strong for the Bull­dogs with an im­pres­sive 27 goal vic­tory, 40 to 13.

All­rounder Lisa Landy claimed the best on court award, while shoot­ers Rose Siev­ers and Nicky Burke were also praised for their work in the goal cir­cle as was de­fender Holly New­ton.

In the ju­nior grades, the Un­der 17s couldn’t catch the Dogs, suf­fer­ing a 13-goal loss, 23 to 36.

De­spite the loss, coach Steph Barry was pleased with the team’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the court.

Tal­ented shooter Alex Barry was named best on court. Abbey Smith in the cen­tre court and shooter Lau­ren Butcher were also awarded for their ef­forts.

The Un­der 15s cel­e­brated an eight-goal win against Strath­mer­ton, 21 to 13.

Coach Sarah Cochrane said the win was thanks to her team’s strong leads, good passes and ac­cu­rate shoot­ing.

Kaity Perry, Zara McDon­ald, Karla Ni­chols, Chloe Hud­son and An­nika Bridge were all awarded for their ef­forts.

The Un­der 13s had the big­gest win of the day, down­ing the Dog­gies 33-7.

Coach Mary Lynne Brad­ford at­trib­uted the win to the team’s abil­ity to cre­ate space and drive for­ward.

‘‘It’s some­thing we’ve been talk­ing a lot about and prac­tic­ing at train­ing and the girls did an in­cred­i­ble job with their drives and cre­at­ing space on the court,’’ she said.

April Weir, Ali­cia Smith, Is­abella McIll­wain and Shelby His­lop were all awarded for their ef­forts, along with Minis grade player Jessie Han­mer who stepped up to play with the 13s.

Minis played one of their best games so far this sea­son, with all play­ers giv­ing their best ef­forts on Satur­day.

Jessie Han­mer and Erica Ni­cholls were Blighty’s award win­ners.

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