Yarra were taking on the team that they beat in last year’s Grand Final so this game was always going to be a hard fought contest.
Yarra had first use of the ball and scored via Georgia Lawless. Both sides settled quickly and it was goal for goal. The Georgia’s (Lawless and Kennedy) were combining well. With good drive down the court the girls got a quarter time break to be 3 up, with Suzie Levesque winning around the centre.
The second quarter saw the Hoppers start off well with the first 3 goals, but that didn’t stop the young pigeons with winners everywhere, saw the girls up by 5 at half time.
Once again the Hoppers came out firing and scored the first 4 goals, our girls fought back and took a 2 goal lead into three quarter time. This wasn’t a good quarter for us, Stella Mulquiney went off after rolling her ankle, this saw Suzie Levesque come back on.
The last quarter was always going to be hard, North Albury were relentless with com- ing at the young Pigeons, unfortunately our girls went down by 1.
Very proud of the fight these young girls have. Best Players Georgia Lawless & Ellie Robilliard Goals Georgia Lawless 18 and Georgia Kennedy 18.
After last week’s game against Albury, it was going to be a test for the intensity levels against the experienced Hoppers.
With the girls starting the game quickly and efficiently they ended the first quarter with a 3 goal lead thanks Tayla Bogle and Maddie Kennedy.
The temperature was increasing and the fitness of the Yarra girls was showing through. The girls finished the first half with a 10 goal lead.
The third quarter saw the game a little bit more even and North gained some ground and cut the deficit to 7 at three quarter time.
The last quarter started with North gaining the upper hand and cutting the gap to 2 goals.
This kicked the Yarra girls into gear and they put their foot down and finished the game with a 9 goal win.
Best Player was Maddie Kennedy cleaning up on all awards, goals Tayla Bogle 31 Maddie Kennedy 14.
This game was always going to be tough playing the reining premiers and watching the unfurling of their premiership flag.
Yarra took a while to settle into the game, but by the 10 minute mark they were matching it with the Hoppers, this quarter ended with Yarra down by 2.
The second quarter saw the shooting percentage paying dividends for them and ended with Hoppers having a 6 goal lead.
The third quarter was all about North and they increased their lead to be up by 11.
The last quarter was all about Yarra’s comeback, with winners all over the court the girls outscored the Hoppers by 5 going down by 6 at the final siren.
Best Players Kaitlin Cummins and Anna Grinter, goals Ellie Dickens 23, Maddie Kennedy 7 & Lauren Mulquinney 3