SHEPPARTON proved a formidable foe on the netball courts on the weekend with only one Rochester team managing a win.
The under 17 Tigerettes scored a 15-goal victory over the Bears while all the other grades struggled against the Goulburn Valley League powerhouse.
A grade: With a fast start to the game Lillian Ward, Ella Roulston and Ellie Cuttriss worked tiredlessly through mid-court.
Sahra Brooks and Morgan Dingwall shot well and fed each other with flare.
Maddy Holt and Abbey Dingwall worked well in defence rebounding any missed shots.
Rosey Miechel, Tess Teggelove and Shannen Keath came on in the second half and slotted in well.
A very consistent game from all girls involved, only going down by nine in a great fight.
Best: Sahra Brooks, Rosy Miechel and Shannen Keath.
Scores: Rochester 47 lt Shepp 56.
B grade: The team faced a hard fought battle against Shepp Bears on Saturday.
There were some excellent passages of play down the court, Sarah West played a brilliant game in GK causing many turnovers and really stepped it up a notch when an ankle injury sidelined GD Linda Rass.
Shannen Keath played a solid game coming on in defence combining well with Sarah and Rosy.
Tess Teggelove came on into GS and blended in perfectly with the in form Annie Hughes.
After a knock to the nose, Sarah was sent off with the blood rule and on came Linda to finish off the game.
In a nail biter the girls went down by two.
Best: Tess Teggelove, Shannen Keath and Sarah West.
Scores: Rochester 39 lt Shepp 41.
B reserve: It was a hard day at the office for the girls.
With an unstoppable Shepp Bears goal shooter, the defenders in Zali Hocking and Grace Ingram worked hard to pick off as many as they could.
At the other end Alannah Gilmore and Maddie Frawley worked well together and confidently to do their part for the team.
In mid-court Kristie Roulston worked hard alongside Lana Marsh in WD causing a headache for her opponent.
After a big loss the girls will come out firing next week.
Best players: Zali Hocking and Lana Marsh.
Scores: Rochester 25 lt Shepp 83.
Under 17s: The girls came out firing, knowing they needed a good start.
Ella McPhee and Lizzie Ingram fed with accuracy and speed into the goalers setting up some nice plays.
A couple of injuries saw some changes but the girls adjusted with ease and had themselves a handy six-goal lead at half-time.
Emily Teggelove was tight in defence but the Bears held strong in the third.
With accurate shooting from Tazarni Clarke and Matilda Lockkyer they maintained their lead.
Eliza Williams was relentless in center while Elle Palmer worked hard in defence and rebounded beautifully all game.
They ran away with it in the last quarter to win by 15.
Best players:Ella McPhee, Elle Palmer and Eliza Williams.
Scores: Rochester 55 def. Shepparton 40.
Under 15s: The first quarter saw Ava Cottom and Tegan Williams work brilliantly together rebounding superbly in defence.
Charlee Roulston was dynamite in centre opening up the court and feeding beautifully into the goalers.
In the second quarter the dynamic duo of Leila Palmer and Teal Hocking combined to produce winning goals and Poppy Palmer was in WD bringing strength in the mid-court causing havoc for her opponent.
During the third quarter, the team gave it 100 per cent but were unable to get over the Bears, being down by six goals the minor mistakes crept in, the young Tigers needed to find some answers.
In the fourth quarter there was a change to the mid-court with Alex Ingram and Ellie Moroney coming on with Tegan moving into goals.
But it didn’t prove to be enough.
Best players: Charlee Roulston and Ava Cottom.
Scores: Rochester 40 lt Shepparton 46.