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Echuca grounds Swans

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June 06, 2018

Annabel Johnson of Echuca during the GVL B grade netball grand final between Benalla and Echuca. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Netball

U15s — Echuca 37 def. Shepp Swans 32

ON A chilly but sunny morning the U15s fought a tightly contested first quarter.

In the second quarter it was a physical affair where the Bombers managed to settle and hold the lead.

Claire, who was having her game off this week, was an awesome voice on the sideline as Shepp Swans came out firing in the third quarter taking the game right up to the Bomber girls. The fourth quarter was no different but in a very tough and physical game Bombers managed a win.

Bests: Jacqui Green, Alice Davidson, Jayde Evans.

U17s — Echuca 63 def. Shepp Swans 38

ECHUCA started with the centre and came out strong in attack with the goalers working well together.

The Swans worked hard to create opportunities but Echuca’s defence was on target and managed to cause a number of turnovers in the first quarter.

With a good lead into the second quarter again the defensive work paid off.

Mid-court players provided strong leads and the goalers again worked well as a team.

Clever delivery of the ball to the goals allowed Echuca to increase their lead into half time.

The Swans fought back in the third quarter but the Echuca team’s defensive pressure was too strong.

The final quarter was fought hard to the end by both teams.

Switches from the Echuca attacking and defensive players stood out as a strong part of the game.

Bests: Asher Gray, Charlotte Groves, Meg Eishold.

B Reserve — Echuca 51 def. Shepp Swans 27

STRAIGHT out of the gate the girls made their presence known playing a strong first quarter.

Goalers Shelby Pridham and Alenka Hubacek set up a strong lead that they maintained with 70%-and-above goaling accuracy for the entire game.

The girls maintained the defensive pressure throughout the entire game, Maggie Stewart worked like a sheep dog to keep her player right where she wanted her.

Molly Frew held her own in defence, using her height and strong positioning to make every rebound count — an integral player initiating many turnovers.

Some aggressive Swans players saw Anna Palmer have a trip off the side of the court, but the girls were able to keep their cool and play their own game.

Jane Emonson kept the centre out of the game in the first three quarters and used her experience to encourage the girls, keeping up the morale for the whole game.

It was the best win to date.

Shout out to Claire Byrne for keeping the bench warm and literally sweeping the shed.

Bests: Molly Frew, Shelby Pridham, Maggie Stewart.

B Grade — Echuca 45 def. Shepp Swans 37

THE tough and physical nature of the game was evident within the first few minutes, with lots of body-on-body play.

The first quarter started out goal for goal, with strong play down the court by Drysie adding extra pressure and resulting in important turnovers.

Good backing-up in defence and chasing down every loose ball allowed us to get a good lead, with Bel and Tina double playing and combining well.

Second quarter was Maree’s purple patch.

She read the play brilliantly and created turnovers that resulted in goals but the Swans also scored well, with the Bombers taking a lead into half time.

The third quarter started with some positional changes.

Lucy and Kylie swapped with each other in the mid court and Alex came on in defence, with Casey coming into GS for her first game back since injury.

Coach Karlie asked for the positive talk to return but it was an erratic quarter with the score creeping up to 30-all.

Instructions from coach Karlie once again called for calm and more intentional and directed play.

The team listened and pulled it together in the last important quarter, playing their best for the day with strong movement in the ring and composure in the mid court and defense.

A good win in the end — a great example of how the team can react under pressure, maintain their composure and be disciplined enough to take home the win.

Bests: Annabel Johnson, Lucy Eishold, Lisa Drysdale.

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