Net­ballers in strong con­tention

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

B Grade

It’s ex­cit­ing times for Ren­nie B Grade look­ing to make its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year of a fi­nals ap­pear­ance.

The team has had mul­ti­ple changes through­out the sea­son with many be­ing shuffled around the all four se­nior teams. By round 7 is was clear who was to be star­ing in B Grade.

In the de­fence end, it has been well cov­ered with Jill Haack as the main Goal Keeper. The Goal De­fence po­si­tion has seen in­ter­changed be­tween Lisa Han­dreck, Ge­or­gia Hope and Caitlin O’Dwyer, who re­turns to us from an overseas trip that has kept her away for the last half of the sea­son, but look­ing for­ward to these com­bi­na­tions work­ing to­gether in the fi­nals.

The Wing De­fence po­si­tion has been se­cured by Leah Rowe who has played stel­lar games all year in this po­si­tion and oth­ers.

The Cen­tre Su­per Star Nada Nolen will look to be the flow we need to link our two ends to­gether, and com­bin­ing well with Jess West­wood in Wing At­tack who has an ex­cel­lent pass and drive into our shoot­ers.

Laura Nunn and Kristy Mc­Dougall who have stepped up from C Grade to join the team as the pri­mary shoot­ers. We look for­ward to these two girls re­ally show­ing their skills com­ing into fi­nals.

Sit­ting in 8th po­si­tion, it will be a chal­lenge, with no sec­ond chances, but Coach Ack­erly has full con­fi­dence in the net­ballers to re­ally push them­selves and the team to do well, as we will en­ter each game on a week by week ba­sis.

C Re­serve

Cap­tain Zoe Wor­land be­lieves that the C Re­serve girls can push deep into the fi­nals after a chal­leng­ing sea­son with new op­po­si­tion. With only two girls, Zoe and Emma Ches­sells re­main­ing from the pre­vi­ous sea­son, there have been many new faces join the ranks.

After ce­ment­ing a place in the eight, the girls are look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­sults that may present them­selves over the next cou­ple of weeks.

The de­fen­sive end of Emma and Emily Stan­ley has pro­vided ex­tra height this sea­son that has of­ten been miss­ing. The part­ner­ship be­tween the two in the ring is fan­tas­tic with both girls sup­port­ive of each other.

The team’s mid­court in Jas­mine Burns, Mad­die Dock­ing, Shani Snelling with the as­sis­tance of coach Deanne Kelly, have grown and de­vel­oped over the course of the sea­son and are peak­ing just at the right time, con­sid­er­ing two of the girls had never played the game be­fore! Their speed and drive will be help­ful and sup­port­ive for our shoot­ing end.

Shoot­ers Erin Law­ford and Zoe have been work­ing ex­tremely well and have found their most suited po­si­tions in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

Their team­work and trust in each other from play­ing with each other all sea­son has been fan­tas­tic and drills at train­ing are pre­par­ing them for the up­com­ing bat­tles loom­ing in the fi­nals se­ries.

All the girls know that it will be a tough road and some­thing of a fairy-tale to find them­selves in the Grand Fi­nal, and have had some close games against some of the stronger op­po­si­tion teams.

They all know that if they bring their ‘A’ game and work as a team the dream may be grasped, al­though will be tak­ing it one quar­ter at a time. 17 and Un­der

Coach of the Un­der 17s Ren­nie net­ballers, Kate Forge is head­ing into the fi­nals with plenty of hope that her team will fin­ish with the ul­ti­mate win. De­spite fin­ish­ing on top of the lad­der and only one loss dur­ing the sea­son, it hasn’t been an easy ride with in­juries plagu­ing the sea­son and re­sult­ing in many new com­bi­na­tions on the court most weeks.

Lin­ing up in de­fence is Chelsea Beavis, Emily Coghill and Char­lie Har­g­reaves who all place their op­po­si­tion un­der im­mense pres­sure week after week and are the back­bone to our team. Pro­vid­ing the team with strong leads and drives are Phoebe Thorpe, Anika Walsh, Mya Bye and Cather­ine Shaw who are all im­por­tant as­sets to the team. Tak­ing on the vi­tal shoot­ing role is Hay­ley Big­ger, Brylee McCarty and So­phie James who con­stantly im­press with their skill and ac­cu­racy, con­vert­ing the hard work from the whole team into goals.

With 9 out of the 10 girls hav­ing fi­nals ex­pe­ri­ence in the past, the pres­sure shouldn’t hold these girls back dur­ing their fi­nals cam­paign.Get be­hind our skilled group of Un­der 17s girls to sup­port them through their fi­nals fight.

15 and Un­der

This year the un­der 15s wel­comed some new play­ers and new fam­i­lies to our great club. These girls have fit­ted in beau­ti­fully. They have all worked hard all year, with a top of the lad­der fin­ish, it is amaz­ing.

As a coach I have been blessed with a num­ber of girls who can not only de­fend but can shot goals as well. Hav­ing 10 girls in the side has meant quite a lot of ro­ta­tions to en­sure all girls have equal court time along with de­vel­op­ing their skills. They are ad­just­ing to dif­fer­ent peo­ple in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions, which is a credit to them, and their team­work skills are great.

There is very lit­tle dif­fer­ence in the top five teams. Our girls are re­ally go­ing to have to work hard to get to the big game. But I know as their coach if they re­main con­fi­dent, play to our game plan, and keep work­ing as a team, they could def­i­nitely be there, come Grand Fi­nal day. Good luck girls.

13 and Un­der

First time coach Brooke Mc­Dougall has worked hard this year to cre­ate a strong dy­namic team. With a team of 12, Mc­Dougall has had her work cut out. The team this year has gone un­de­feated, but not with­out chal­lenge. With three draws for the en­tirety of the home and away sea­son, the girls know that fi­nals are not go­ing to be easy. Mc­Dougall says; “Al­though hav­ing 12 girls in my team is a lot and many might strug­gle, I have found it to be a bless­ing. My girls aren’t train­ing to play one po­si­tion, they are learn­ing skills to be able to play where they are needed and to en­joy it while it hap­pens.”

Di­ver­sity is go­ing to be key come fi­nals and be­ing able to run dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions is go­ing to keep the op­po­si­tion on their toes.

With Ella Rhodes be­ing a prize shooter, her poise and drive to help her team mates Grace Stephens and Sophia Shaw are one you can­not miss. These girls know how to work the ring and make it look way too easy.

Our mid-court con­sists of girls of all heights and ages, but they are fierce. The short­est player on our team is Ge­or­gia Phillips, but you can­not miss her. Along­side her is Char­lotte Bott who has also made a few sur­prise ap­pear­ances in the goal ring. Abbey Shoppee and El­iza Na­gle are some­what new to the net­ball game. How­ever, they have made such an im­pact in this team.

Abbey Coghill has been a ma­jor role model through­out this team in the de­fen­sive end. Work­ing along­side her is the gen­tle gi­ant So­phie O’Dwyer. So­phie is a key player in this team, with her abil­ity to play ev­ery po­si­tion.

Mia Do­herty has also made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance in the de­fen­sive ring with an eye for read­ing the play.

Emily Ho­gan is a strong and ag­ile de­fender with clean body on body de­fence.

Caitlin Van Maa­nen has arms that cover the op­po­si­tion’s path be­fore they know it. Caitlin works hard at train­ing and is an im­por­tant as­set to this team.

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