U12 girls take bite out of Ga­tors

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U12A Boys The U12A boys had an­other solid tour­na­ment.

They came up against some very tough com­pe­ti­tion in metropoli­tan teams such as Whit­tle­sea, but gave their best. They pro­duced a stel­lar per­for­mance against Be­nalla and did well against Wan­garatta.

We now look for­ward Shep­par­ton tour­na­ment. U12B Boys The U12B team had a re­ally great team ef­fort at the Wan­garatta tour­na­ment.

The boys posted a 67-7 win over De­niliquin then a 43-3 vic­tory against Tu­mut.

Fi­nally, af­ter a 39-18 win over Mans­field Blue the boys fin­ished top of the lad­der in our pool.

The side played Mans­field Gold in the semi-fi­nal to get in to the grand fi­nal, un­for­tu­nately go­ing down in a nail biter, 20-22. U12A Girls The un­der 12 girls were re­warded at the Wan­garatta Tour­na­ment for their per­sis­tence, ef­fort and team work, mak­ing it to the grand fi­nal again, this time win­ning over a very strong and tall Shep­par­ton Ga­tors team.

An open­ing round loss by eight points saw some dis­s­a­point­ment early, but the girls were de­ter­mined to fight back.

The fol­low­ing three games saw three straight wins, win­ning ev­ery game by six points or more, se­cur­ing their place in the grand fi­nal.

The grand fi­nal was such a fan­tas­tic game, the girls had the fire in their belly and were look­ing to fi­nally take out a win, claim­ing the tour­na­ment by nine points. U14A Girls U14 girls had a great start to the Wang tour­na­ment win­ning their first two games com­fort­ably against Wan­garatta and Al­bury, be­fore a round three loss to Wodonga.

We missed a spot in the grand fi­nal af­ter los­ing by one point to Yarra Mul­wala. U14A Boys to the The U14A boys played down to the wire in their first match against Shep­par­ton, be­ing over­run in the fi­nal sec­onds to lose by two points.

Poor shoot­ing re­sulted in a loss to Wodonga in their sec­ond game, be­fore a win against Wan­garatta got the boys on the board.

Our fi­nal match was against Whit­tle­sea, with a much im­proved team win­ning 27-20 to fin­ish the tour­na­ment 2-2. U14B Boys The de­vel­op­ment of the U14B boys team at Wan­garatta was ex­cel­lent to see.

The high­light of the tour­na­ment came in their third match, with an in­cred­i­ble fi­nal 10 min­utes re­sult­ing in a one-point win against an ex­pe­ri­enced Tu­mut Tim­ber­wolves. U16A Girls The girls faced tough op­po­si­tion to start the tour­na­ment, com­ing up against much taller sides in Wodonga Wolves and Shepp Ga­tors. But our girls de­liv­ered some great plays and de­fen­sive pres­sure and rat­tled their op­po­si­tion, los­ing in close games.

The fol­low­ing matches saw wins, de­spite re­duced num­bers, for a suc- cess­ful all around tour­na­ment. U16B Girls No re­port pro­vided. U16A Boys Echuca Pi­rates Un­der 16 boys A team played four pool games at the Wan­garatta tour­na­ment.

On Satur­day the boys had vic­to­ries against Sey­mour 45-18, Wodonga 29-14 and Myrtle­ford 28-18. On Sun­day morn­ing they had a strong win against Be­nalla 47-11.

These re­sults put them into the grand fi­nal against Wan­garatta on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

A tough grand fi­nal saw the lead chang­ing hands through­out, but a strong Wan­garatta side held the Pi­rates off to win. U16B Boys The Wan­garatta tour­na­ment was a great suc­cess for the U16B boys.

They en­tered into divi­sion three and played some great de­fence and of­fence mo­tions through­out the week­end, which earned them a place in the grand fi­nal, go­ing down to a very strong De­niliquin side by 13 points. U18A Girls Our un­der 18 girls had a good tour­na­ment in Wan­garatta, win­ning three out of the four games and just miss­ing the fi­nal on per­cent­age to Wan­garatta.

Open­ing against a strong Wodonga Dee side, our girls started the game slowly.

Wodonga were too strong in the end com­ing out with the win.

An im­proved per­for­mance saw a win againt Wodonga Lozza in game two.

Our night game was a strong team per­for­mance against Rochester, with the side pro­duc­ing an­other good show­ing. On Sun­day morn­ing we came up against De­niliquin, which saw a fi­nal win to close out the tour­na­ment. U18 Boys The Pi­rate boys team started the Wan­garatta tour­na­ment strong with a con­vinc­ing win against Wodonga.

Un­for­tu­nately, Myrtle­ford came out very strong in de­fence and Echuca had dif­fi­cul­ties sink­ing buck­ets, un­able to catch up and get the win.

The fi­nal game on Satur­day was against Wan­garatta, and the boys came out hard.

They gave it a push, but were un­able to get past Wan­garatta.

Sun­day saw a show­down with Myrtle­ford in the semi-fi­nals, and af­ter the Pi­rates took a lead at stages, Myrtle­ford fought back and won their place in the grand fi­nal.

CHAM­PI­ONS: The vic­to­ri­ous girls un­der 12 side.

SO CLOSE: The U14A girls team nar­rowly missed a place in the grand fi­nal.

STRONG PER­FOR­MANCE: The U16B boys team.

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