In­ter­cept gives Gulls the win

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

War­ragul net­ballers won three games at Won­thaggi on Satur­day, in­clud­ing a one-goal win in A grade.

A grade: War­ragul 24 de­feated Won­thaggi Power 23.

In try­ing con­di­tions, the Gulls’ de­fence led by Re­nee Cook and sup­ported strongly by Macken­zie Minichello, cre­ated nu­mer­ous turnovers through the game.

Un­for­tu­nately, the at­tack could not re­ward these tire­less ef­forts as they strug­gled to con­vert in the wet and windy con­di­tions.

Com­ing into the last, Won­thaggi took a quick lead. How­ever, the Gulls dug deep as cap­tain Jaime Rollinson stepped up and nailed some cru­cial goals. She then took a great in­ter­cept in the dy­ing sec­onds to en­able the Gulls to sneak away with a one-goal win.

Awards: Re­nee Cook and Jaime Rollinson.

B grade: War­ragul 41 de­feated Won­thaggi Power 29.

The Gulls went out strong, scor­ing seven unan­swered goals be­fore Won­thaggi got one back.

The weather proved a chal­lenge to both teams but it was War­ragul who were the bet­ter team on the day.

The high­light was fan­tas­tic goal­ing by Melissa Bur­ton and Olivia Brady in windy con­di­tions. These two are prov­ing a strong com­bi­na­tion.

Cindy Daw­son was a huge stand­out in the game, tak­ing many in­ter­cepts in wing de­fence and driv­ing strongly down the court.

The win was the first for coach Ruby Ri­ley at War­ragul and has given the Gulls a boost of con­fi­dence.

Awards: Olivia Brady and Cindy Daw­son.

C grade: War­ragul 17 Won­thaggi Power 32.

It was a tough day at Won­thaggi with ter­ri­ble weather con­di­tions.

The Gulls tried new com­bi­na­tions in the mid­court that proved fruit­ful. Ge­or­gia Lyons, Claire Sand­man, Emily Sand­man and Tanya Barr did a great job ap­ply­ing de­fen­sive pres­sure and cre­at­ing turnovers but the Gulls strug­gled to con­vert in the con­di­tions.

Sarah Hams also played an­other solid game in goal de­fence, re­bound­ing well and pro­vid­ing great drive through the mid­court.

Un­for­tu­nately, it wasn’t C grade’s day.

Awards: Sarah Hams and Emily Sand­man.

Un­der 17: War­ragul 6 Won­thaggi Power 43.

In tough con­di­tions, the Gulls strug­gled to keep up in the ex­treme weather.

Grace Rad­ford was a stand out, start­ing in goal shooter be­fore mov­ing into de­fence af­ter the sec­ond quar­ter. The de­fence end of Grace and Ge­or­gia Hams worked hard and at­tempted to in­ter­cept or get hands to the ma­jor­ity of balls.

The girls con­tin­ued to work hard dur­ing the try­ing con­di­tions. De­spite lost lost to to their ef­forts, the Gulls were beaten by 36 goals.

Un­der 15: War­ragul 27 de­feated Won­thaggi Power 15.

The Gulls lis­tened re­ally well, keep­ing their passes short and low whilst work­ing well to­gether.

Zoe Phillips and Jac­inta Bagot teamed up in de­fence, keep­ing Won­thaggi’s score low. Laura Miller, Emily Hobbs, Jaz Porch and Bella Hef­ford steadily drove the ball down the court and gave Bri­die Mulqueen and Liv Shee­han ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to fin­ish the job, giv­ing the Gulls their first win for the sea­son.

Awards: Laura Miller, Liv Shee­han and Jac­inta Bagot.

Un­der 13: War­ragul 2 Won­thaggi Power 20.

The blus­tery and cold con­di­tions at Won­thaggi re­sulted in a tough start for the young Gulls, with Won­thaggi mak­ing a strong start at both ends of the court.

A quick re­fresh and some in­put from the new coach­ing team saw good pas­sages of play. This re­sulted in a much more com­pet­i­tive sec­ond half.

The de­fend­ers were pep­pered through­out the day and Won­thaggi’s de­fen­sive height made it dif­fi­cult for the shoot­ers. How­ever, the Gulls showed some strong signs with ex­cel­lent de­fence, cre­ative at­tack­ing and good run through the cen­tre.

Awards: Pipa Cook, Ella Pitkin and Keely Pyle. An ex­tra spe­cial men­tion went to young Mag­gie Cook for her ex­cel­lent con­tri­bu­tion. lost to

Jodie Proc­tor drives Drouin into at­tack as the rain pours down as Maf­fra’s Chloe Or­chard moves to de­fend the pass. The B grade team drew, 33-all.

Pho­to­graphs by Paul Co­hen.

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