Hawks win two in the wet

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

War­ragul Leon­gatha Won­thaggi Sale Bairns­dale Won­thaggi Drouin Maf­fra Leon­gatha Bairns­dale Drouin Mor­well Bairns­dale Leon­gatha Sale 69.05 57.41 94.55 70.24 66.67 87.88 84.09 82.72 72.88 68.22 95.59 61.64 84.29 64.63 61.33 4 4 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 0 4 4 0 0 0

Drouin net­ballers had two wins and a draw in wet con­di­tions against Maf­fra.

A grade: Drouin 51 de­feated Maf­fra 44.

A grade started a lit­tle flat and slow in some tough con­di­tions.

Sta­cie Gardiner played a strong, con­trolled game in at­tack, link­ing well with Ruby Pratt at the cen­tre pass. Their drive to the cir­cle was al­ways quick and con­trolled.

Drouin man­aged to in­crease the tempo in the third quar­ter through some great de­fen­sive work by Ebony Mum­ford. Alana Rip­pon came on for her first A grade game and cre­ated pres­sure in a short amount of time.

It was great to see all the new com­bi­na­tions start­ing to work well to­gether. Award: Sta­cie Gardiner. B grade: Drouin 33 drew Maf­fra 33. Drouin upped de­fen­sive pres­sure and work rate as a team this week.

Ali McArthur and Rachel Mor­ris worked to­gether de­fen­sively on the cen­tre pass and sec­ond phase. Lia Olsen and Natalie Sloan were out­stand­ing and cre­ated turnovers all game, in­clud­ing the cru­cial mo­ments.

Jodie Proc­tor showed great lead­er­ship in the at­tack end, di­rect­ing play and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Drouin’s new, young at­tack end. Prue Ca­vanagh was one of those young­sters to play her first se­nior game. Awards: Natalie Sloan and Lia Olsen. C grade: Drouin 31 lost to Maf­fra 40. This was a close game in the cold and wet con­di­tions, with both teams tak­ing the lead at dif­fer­ent stages.

The Drouin de­fend­ers had a dif­fi­cult task try­ing to limit the scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in a tall, strong Maf­fra goal cir­cle. Nev­er­the­less, the de­fend­ers com­mit­ted to the game plan and reaped the re­wards.

Lateisha Ed­wards was im­pres­sive in ap­ply­ing pres­sure to cause turnovers.

Un­for­tu­nately, Drouin was un­able to re­gain the lead in the fi­nal quar­ter but never gave up the fight. Award: Lateisha Ed­wards. Un­der 17s: Drouin 24 lost to Maf­fra 35.

De­fen­sive pres­sure from the whole team was much im­proved this week. Drouin worked hard one-on-one all down the court to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for its de­fend­ers.

Holly An­drews and Alana Rip­pon are build­ing on their part­ner­ship in de­fence. Holly at­tacked the ball well out­side the cir­cle.

In the at­tack end, once Drouin started to give and go, they were able to pen­e­trate the cir­cle. Kirsten Groe­newaldt and Prue Ca­vanagh are work­ing well and de­vel­op­ing their cir­cle ro­ta­tions.

Drouin’s third quar­ter was out­stand­ing, lift­ing their work rate but Maf­fra were up to the chal­lenge and proved too strong in the end. Award: Holly An­drews Un­der 15s: Drouin 27 de­feated Maf­fra 23.

In chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, the Hawks had their first win of the sea­son.

Ver­sa­til­ity was a key el­e­ment in the win, with girls play­ing out of their com­fort zones and do­ing a fan­tas­tic job.

There is still lots of work for the girls on the road ahead. How­ever, it was great to see the girls re­warded for their ef­forts with the four premier­ship points.

Awards: Ella New­combe.

Un­der 13s: Drouin 13 lost to Maf­fra 45.

The baby Hawks played an­other great game on Thurs­day night against a tough and much taller Maf­fra side.

Drouin con­tinue to show prom­ise and im­prove­ment, play­ing well for the sec­ond game of the sea­son. Play down the court is open and con­trolled, with all the play­ers stick­ing to their struc­tures.

It was an­other cred­itable per­for­mance ahead of the road trip to Bairns­dale this week.

Awards: Holly Cheyne and Tess Maple­son. East and Macy

Left: Ebony Mum­ford passes to team­mate Sta­cie Gardiner dur­ing Drouin A grade’s seven-goal win over Maf­fra on Satur­day.

Far left: Drouin’s Kelly Hed­ley passes on the goal cir­cle in the A grade game. De­fend­ing is Maf­fra op­po­nent Emma All­man. Af­ter a flat start, Drouin won 5144.

Above: Kylie Proc­tor of Drouin takes aim over the de­fence of Maf­fra’s Sarah Luke in Satur­day’s A grade game.

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