The match didn’t go according to plan for the Deni Rovers when they faced ladder leader Strathmerton in round nine of the Picola & District League on Saturday, falling two goals short of the Dogs.
The game started well for the home team, with mid-season recruit Rhiannan Maxwell providing extra height and a new focus in goals.
Unfortunately, the free-flowing play down the court that the Rovers are renowned for was hard to find and Strathy fought back fiercely in the second quarter, going into the main break with a slight lead.
The defensive duo of Edwina Barclay and Jackie Thorpe fought hard all game and the Roos girls rallied in the second half, but Strathmerton continued to capitalise on uncharacteristic loose balls and ran out winners by two goals.
Final score, Strathmerton 37 to Deni Rovers 35.
Awards: Timbrr - Edwina Barclay; IGA - Jackie Thorpe.
The welcome return of Jamie Henson from injury saw the B grade Rovers post their most convincing win of the season.
Henson’s accuracy in goals was crucial to the team’s win, but was well supported by a cohesive team effort.
Rovers showed skill and depth up and down the court, with Taylah Cochrane and Cara Meyer demonstrating their athleticism and providing vital intercepts.
Bella Landale’s confidence in goals grows from week to week and she linked with Jemmah Conallin to feed the circle.
The ever-reliable defensive team of Kelly Thorpe, Zoe Sleigh and Prue Meharry applied pressure to Strathmerton’s shooters, instigating turnovers of any missed shots.
Rovers led at every break and ran out convincing winners by 17 goals.
Final score, Deni Rovers 43 to Strathmerton 26.
Awards: Timbrr - Jamie Henson; IGA - Cara Meyer.
The C grade Roos looked refreshed after a bye, coming away with a 20 goal win.
Jade Meadowcroft worked tirelessly in goals with accuracy and efficiency, while defenders Jemma Keast and Dimity Bloomfield provided many turnovers for the Roos.
Casey-Lee Thommers proved she can defend as well as she attacks and Emma Fisher shut down her opponent and stepped up into new positions for the team.
Final score, Deni Rovers 35 to Strathmerton 15.
Awards: Globe - Jade Meadowcroft and Casey-Lee Thommers; Glow Beauty - Jemma Keast; Crossing Cafe - Dimity Bloomfield.
After a slow start the C reserve Rovers pulled together for a 17 goal win.
Final score, Deni Rovers 35 to Strathmerton 18.
Awards: Globe - Rachel Love; Smoko Shak - Maggie Ellis.
The Roos’ Under 17s were unable to keep up with an undefeated Strathy side, going down by 19 goals.
The Rovers came out all guns blazing in the first half, with many intercepts turned into goals.
The home side’s intensity dropped in the last half however, resulting in the heavy loss.
Standouts for Deni were Elly Blake with accurate shooting and Edwina Barclay with her tireless work in defence.
The Roos will put all their effort into training and will look to incorporate their skills into their game against Picola United next week.
Final score, Strathmerton 49 to Deni Rovers 30.
Awards: Glow Beauty - Elly Blake; Evolve - Edwina Barclay.
The U15s Roos had an impressive 18 goal win on Saturday.
The whole team lifted, with some great passages of play helping the Rovers to their fourth win of the season.
Final score, Deni Rovers 37 to Strathmerton 19.
Awards: Brush Beauty - Charlotte Strong; Subway - Sienna Jenkins.
Rovers Under 13 White had another great win against Strathy on Saturday.
Trinity Larcombe was amazing at either end of the court, providing drive into attack and when required, stepping up in defence and being instrumental in many turnovers.
Makayla Finn shot beautifully and was fed well by Abbie Blake.
The Roos sit third on the ladder with a 7-1 win-loss record.
Final score, Deni Rovers 29 to Strathmerton 5.
Awards: Brontes - Trinity Larcombe; Lick it Quick Ice Cream - Makayla Finn; Canteen award - Abbie Blake.
The U11s Roos played a brilliant game on Saturday.
The Rovers worked on their channels and sportsmanship across the whole court, converting many well rewarded goals.
Awards: Aria and Harper - Lilijana Foran; Canteen award - Roxy Cameron; Lick it Quick Ice Cream- Aria Taylor.
The Rovers Under 13 Blue team had a nail bitting win in the Deniliquin Netball Association on Wednesday night.
The crowd went crazy as the Roos played a great game against DNA Diamonds.
Chloe Macknight was amazing in attack, driving forward and shooting accurately.
Lily Andrews provided the link between attack and defence and her long arms were a nightmare for her opposition.
Ella Marshall worked tirelessly in defence and combined well with Reagan Beshman.
Final score, Deni Rovers 6 to DNA Diamonds 5.
Awards: Evolve - Chloe Macknight; Subway - Lily Andrews; McDonald’s - Ella Marshall.
The U11s Rovers White’s last DNA match saw a great second quarter from the Roos.
The understanding of the game and position roles is growing strong and providing some great passages of play.
Awards: McDonald’s - Macy Butcher, Zarly Horne and Amelie Bulmer.