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Murray Bombers swoop over Magpies’ nest

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July 15, 2017

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Echuca goal keeper Tam Nicholls puts the ball back into play for the home side against Benalla in B grade netball action on Saturday. PHOTO: Ben Carter

Echuca

Under 17

Echuca started the game against Euroa with strong defence out of the centre pass with Meg Eishold reading the play and feeding the ball into the goals with accuracy. Euroa stepped up the defence in the second quarter as the rain started, turning over a centre pass and taking a few intercepts.

The second half of the game saw Echuca continue to build their lead, with Maya Pearce and Lucy Higgins working in sync with each other in the goals.

Mia Gregor was constant in her defence and took a number of key intercepts.

The fourth quarter saw Marni Rickard shoot the 50th goal in her 50th game - a fantastic achievement from a very talented player.

In the end Echuca was too strong for Euroa taking the win by 22 goals, 52-30.

Best players were Bridget Byrne, Maeve Johnson and Marni Rickard.

B reserve

The team was greeted with wet and slippery conditions in Euroa.

The Bombers were slow to adjust to the conditions in the first quarter but still managed a five-goal lead.

A new goaling combination also took little time to settle with Liv Slattery and Maya Pearce finding confidence in their footwork and their range with accurate shooting.

The two tall timbers provided a great focal point. Taniesha Sampson showed great vision in her passing and created many options down the court.

Maggie Stewart put pressure on every pass and her persistence was often rewarded.

The centre court had to work hard but fantastic driving to the ball in trying conditions by Krysten Rodgers and Bri Bennett meant direct feeds to the goalers.

Defensively Karlie Stevens and Molly Frew where outstanding restricting the opposition goalers shooting chances.

Many deflections and turnovers came from consistent pressure across the court. Karlie had a best on performance not only with her encouragement of team mates but also providing options in defence or attacking down the court whenever needed.

Echuca eventually taking the win 58-28.

Best players were Karlie Stevens, Taniesha Sampson and Molly Frew.

B grade

Drizzly rain and a wet court didn’t stop Echuca starting with intensity in the B grade game. The slippery courts demanded short sharp passes and Echuca adjusted well.

Tight defence by Tam and Anna put pressure on Euroa’s shooters and the game was goal for goal, resulting in a 13-all score at quarter-time.

The second quarter saw a change in the midcourt with Zara coming into C and providing strong passes into the shooters.

Euroa gained the lead however and Echuca seemed to lack consistency in attack. The third quarter was a lack-lustre performance with Euroa goaling accurately and taking charge across the court.

Tam continued to be strong in defence and Lucy tried her best, consistently attacking the ball and not giving up.

A complete change around of all positions in the fourth quarter was a last ditch attempt by the coaches to regain some control of a game that was running away from the Murray Bombers.

Zara was tried in defence and combined well with Tam to put pressure on Euroa but the game ended with Euroa 53 goals to Echuca’s 35.

Best on court were Lucy Eishold, Tam Nicholls and Zara Pearson.

A grade

Wet and slippery conditions greeted Echuca as they travelled to take on Euroa. The first quarter saw an even contest with defenders Kloe Miechel and Eve Gregor combining well to place pressure on Euroa’s shooters.

Abby Poulton and Erin Hill found space and delivered well into the goal ring. Euroa took a four goal lead into the first break.

The second quarter saw the tight contest continue with Euroa placing plenty of defensive pressure on goalers Lisa Drysdale and Olivia Hannon. Dearnah Kent was making life difficult for the Magpie attackers and continued to take defensive intercepts. Half time saw Euroa maintain a six goal lead.

Coach Casey Frame made some positional changes in the third, in an attempt to stem to flow of goals from Euroa. Youngster Meg Rohde did well in attack, and continues to gain confidence. Echuca were able to reduce Euroa’s lead in the third to seven.

The final quarter saw Euroa continue to dominate the game. Echuca fought back but were unable stop a 13-goal Euroa victory.

Lisa Drysdale, Erin Hill and Dearnah Kent were named best on court.

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