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Murray Bombers’ early blitz

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April 20, 2017

Dearnah Kent's defensive work helped set up goals for her Echuca side against Euroa on the weekend.

Echuca

A grade

Echuca 61 def Euroa 38

GREAT weather and crowd set the scene for the much anticipated round one clash between Echuca and Euroa at Victoria Park.

A fast paced start saw both teams applying defensive pressure down the court.

Accurate shooting by goalers Olivia Hannon and Lisa Drysdale combined with stellar defensive efforts from Erin Delahunty and Eve Gregor saw Echuca take a six-goal lead into the first break.

Some early turnovers by Euroa allowed the magpies to decrease the margin early in the second.

The Bombers responded thanks to some strong mid court work and delivery from Erin Hill and Abby Poulton.

Olivia Hannon continues to dominate in the ring and led the Bombers to a 12-goal lead at half time.

Again, Euroa responded well with the first two goals of the third quarter.

Strong defensive work by Dearnah Kent resulted in several turnovers and goals in Echuca’s favour, and a lead of 20 goals.

Echuca coach Casey Frame asked for commitment from her players in the final quarter, and they didn’t disappoint, taking control of the game for an eventual 61-38 win.

Bests: Olivia Hannon, Dearnah Kent, Eve Gregor.

B grade

Echuca 51 def Euroa 36

With an exciting new line up for 2017 the girls came out with plenty of energy to burn.

The game started off with pace and aggression and the mid court worked well with numerous intercepts.

Kloe Miechel showed a physical presence in defence.

The girls finally found the rhythm in the third quarter with sensational movement down the court, they became settled and the goalers provided space for each other to score.

Meg Rohde was directive from the centre providing wonderful feeding into Claudia Mawson and Liv Slattery who were moving well in the goals.

Great start to the season with all girls playing their role.

Bests: Meg Rohde, Claudia Mawson, Kloe Miechel.

B reserve

Echuca 71 def Euroa 24

In a very new B-reserve line-up, the Echuca team did not hesitate in showing us they will be a strong unit this season.

Wonderful leadership by Zara Pearson in centre in the first half with terrific reading of the play and creating plenty of opportunities for the goalers.

Her performance continued in defence in the second half.

After a shaky start Alenka Hubacek and Shelby Pridham quickly became a dominant force in the goal ring, with fantastic shooting accuracy for the entire game.

Tough defensive pressure by everyone on the court forced many errors and held balls throughout all four quarters.

Maggie Stewart showed lots of promise with her speed and effort in getting front position, and was backed up by a consistent team who proved to be a versatile, positive group right from the start.

Bests: Zara Pearson, Shelby Pridham, Alenka Hubacek.

17-under

Echuca 57 def Euroa 26

Enjoying glorious Easter weather, a large crowd watched a great opening match by the 17 and under Echuca netball team.

With many away, a few last minute positional changes were made and the girls started off slowly.

Both teams showed strong defensive play and the goals were delayed at each end.

Molly Byrne and Marni Rickard found their rhythm in the goal circle and it was not long before Marni was sinking long bomb goals.

Echuca’s defensive pressure was relentless and Bridget Byrne and Alex Tenace combined brilliantly.

At the first break Echuca held a slight lead of four.

Gina used all of her bench players and a reshuffle of positions was made.

Mia Gregor came on at WD and settled in quickly, Meg Eishold came on at centre and impacted immediately with fantastic goal feeds, along with Maeve Johnson at WA, the midcourt was difficult to defend by Euroa.

The Echuca girls scooped up every loose ball and read the play well to make important intercepts.

By half-time Echuca had a 26-11 lead.

With even more changes at half-time, Echuca was unfazed and managed to extend their lead to 37-19 by three-quarter time.

Bridget and Maeve had a rest for the final quarter, but the constant hunger for the ball by Margeraret Green in defence and with Lucy Higgins’s strong driving down the court, Echuca pulled away to have an impressive win 57-26.

It was a great team effort by the 17-under girls and we look forward to watching their progress throughout the year.

Bests: Meg Eishold, Bridget Byrne, Mia Gregor.

Echuca United

A grade

United 16 def by Moama 48

Our tough start to the season continued last week with Moama showing our young group how to play strong team netball.

The first half was a fairly even contest with both teams fighting hard to win the ball, but after half time Moama came out with strong direct netball to extend their lead.

Our defensive end worked tirelessly the whole game to be amongst our better players.

Awards: Elle Florance (Moama Bowling Club), Amy Gledhill (Coburn and Reid), Tilly Keenan (Candle Scents).

B grade

United 39 def Moama 28

A strong team effort, players combined well and made strong drives.

The defence rebounded well and many intercepts.

Tanner Edwards provided many options under the ring with Sheridan Wagner consistently put in the goals.

Awards: Tanner Edwards (Candle Scents), Kelly Gould (Moama Bowling Club), Sheridan Wagner (Coburn and Reid Pharmacy).

C grade

United 34 def Moama 31

Well and truly a defender’s game.

United fought hard to take away a win against rivals Moama.

Again the heat tested the players but United adapted well and put up a good fight.

Awards: Amy Burrowes (Moama Bowling Club), Jess Gledhill (Warren Lawry), Georgia McGowan (EchucaWorkers and Services Club).

C reserve

United 31 def Moama 26

Rivalry between the two clubs was once again at its best. First quarter was lacking but after that the momentum gained and United was in the lead at the end of every quarter. Hard fought win.

Awards: Tessa Smith (Roma), Brilee Gledhill (Kim Steel), Gabby Shirley (Paramount), Kate Pearson (Hungry Jacks).

17-under

United 35 def Moama 25

A consistent effort all over the court saw Echuca United lead at every quarter.

Dakota Leitch and Emmerson Simpson took control of the circle in the final quarter to score 11 goals and reward the defenders for four quarters of pressure netball.

Awards: Dakota Leitch (Murray Valley Driver Education and McDonald’s), Emmerson Simpson (De Tranzani), Lauren Dawes (KFC).

15-under

United 35 def Moama 27

A really tight, physical, hard fought match. No real stand outs but a great team effort. Tight defence with lots of turn-overs.

Awards: Abbey Callander (De Trazani), Tayla Wagner (McDonald’s ), Dakota Lucic (Subway), Chloe Stone (Paramount).

13-under

United 35 def Moama 25

The girls encountered another strong opposition in Friday against Moama but credit to all who took the court, they put in 100% in effort. The persistence paid off with a strong win. Thank you to the Under 12 girls who filled in, your efforts were outstanding

Awards: Eden McInnes (ITS), Halle Gray (Petstock), Leaj Sidebottom (Hungry Jacks), Georgia Davidson (McDonald’s).

12-under

United 30 def Moama 4

A great defensive game, everyone took on board instructions and improved from last week.

The girls were confident with each other and played like a team.

When you try your best anything is possible.

Awards: Charlotte Gould (Hungry Jacks), Gabby Beveridge (Paramount), Delaney Laffy (Roma), Macey Larcomb (Brownz Cafe).

11-under

It was a shaky start for the Under 11s against Moama.

United stayed strong keeping up their defence and accurate passing.

Great effort to start the Good Friday events. Keep up the good work.

Awards: Chase Day (Trac Ioranni’s), Abby Larkin (Paramount), Maddison Sawyer (McDonald’s), Molli Lucic (Subway).

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