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Echuca’s under 17s walk away with nail-biting win

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August 12, 2017

Echuca

Under 17

ECHUCA burst into the first quarter against Shepparton Bears with four unanswered goals, demonstrating they meant business.

Shepparton fought back but were outrun in the mid-court by Meg Eishold and Maeve Johnson.

Marni Rickard used some tricky shooting techniques under the ring to establish a five goal lead at the first break.

In the second quarter Shepparton goaled quickly and turned the ball over to even the scores. Echuca had to work hard as a team to regain control of the game and by the end of the 3rd quarter held a comfortable lead of 7 goals.

But Shepparton was not going down without a fight and despite clever and consistent defensive pressure from Alex Tenace and Bridget Byrne, the Bears narrowed Echuca’s lead to one goal.

Echuca managed to hold on in the final seconds of the game to win by one goal, 47-46.

A great team effort by Echuca who will benefit from this important win.

B reserve

The first quarter was a tightly contested match with both teams wanting the ball and applying heaps of pressure.

Taneisha Sampson was creating the play in the centre while Sophie and Shelby were finding space in the goal ring.

The second quarter was an even contest with both sides working hard.

The defence of Molly Frew and Karlie Stevens was creating plenty of turnovers which were finished off with some great passages of play that were a pleasure to watch.

The third quarter saw Echuca a little rattled with some poor decision making.

A great fight back in the final quarter by the whole team reduced the margin but not enough to win the game, 30-39.

Plenty of positives from a tough game which will only benefit the team in the upcoming weeks.

B grade

The weekend’s game was again another special occasion with sharp shooter Olivia Slattery playing her 100th game.

Great pressure applied by both teams saw an intense start to the game.

Accurate shooting in the first quarter by the Bears saw them lead by 10 at the quarter break. An awesome start by Echuca saw them begin to close the gap.

Erin Delahunty and Tamara Nicholls worked tirelessly in defense creating many turnovers.

A spectacular intercept by Annabel Johnson at the beginning of the third quarter sparked the start of a big quarter.

Controlled play and accurate shooting from Olivia helped Echuca close the gap back to seven at these quarter time.

Echuca had the momentum going into the last and this helped them produce a massive quarter.

With control and patient play the Bombers were able to force many turnovers.

Capitalising on these errors, Echuca finished the game strongly, winning 45-39.

Echuca’s best players were Olivia Slattery, Lucy Eishold and Erin Delahunty.

A grade

Cold and windy conditions at Deakin Reserve saw Shepparton Bears keen to take two wins from two meetings with Echuca.

The game started evenly with both teams playing fast paced netball.

While the Bears goalers were accurate, delivery into Echuca’s goalers by Meg Rohde, and defensive intercepts by Erin Hill kept Echuca in the game, only two goals down at quarter time.

The second quarter saw Bears start better, however pressure in the ring from Kloe Miechel, saw doubt creep into the the Bear’s camp.

Down the attacking end, Abby Poulton was feeding goalers Lisa Drysdale and Olivia Hannon well, sparking a comeback from Echuca in the final minutes of the quarter, with only one goal separating the teams at half-time.

Unfortunately, the third quarter belonged to the Bears.

Despite hard defensive work by Dearnah Kent, passing errors cost Echuca many scoring opportunities, and they were outscored 17-9, the Bears taking a seven goal lead into the final quarter.

Eve Gregor was a highlight in defense during the last quarter, however Echuca was unable to reduce the margin, going down by 11 goals, 44-55.

Echuca will be looking forward to the bye this week to rest and re-group.

Moama

Under 11s

Great team effort with all the girls working on getting in front and giving clear leads. Awards were given to Indi Phillips and Emma Steenbuck for their effort all game.

Under 17s

The game started off rocky with Moama just finding their feet, down at the first quarter, coming back into the match, working through the mid-court beautifully was Georgia Walton bringing clever play into our shooters. Liv Vrendenburg played an intense game in defence, rebounding consistently that brought the game to a close finish with Moama going down by one.

C reserve

Hard, physical game girls. Some great passages of play down the court unfortunately couldn’t come away with the win. Best on Erica and coaches Jo.

C grade

C grade won by 20 goals against Deniliquin. Our strong team effort was outstanding and we backed each other the whole way down the court. Best on went to Jordy Pollock followed by Anna Vanders.

B grade

A tough game with some unconventional positioning saw the girls settle well with all the changes. Some great passages of play throughout the consistent four quarters was a huge positive for the team. Coaches award went to Paige Jones and team award went to Chloe Carr.

A grade

Deniliquin fired on all cylinders in the first quarter to get a jump on Moama A grade.

The game was physical with fast passing but Moama was able to control the game in parts with their speed and desperation.

During the third quarter under 17s player Alannah Gilmore took the court in GS and Moama were able to secure their first lead for the game by four goals.

Unfortunately this lead did not continue as the girls have been able to do in previous weeks.

In the last quarter Moama were fighting from two goals down with both teams eager to get four points.

The defensive end worked tirelessly with Georgie Crowe and Ange Slattery receiving the awards.

It was mixed emotions as the buzzer sounded with Moama and Deniliquin drawing on 42 goals each.

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