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Mathoura netball

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Mathoura are quickly realising the netball talent runs deep within the club.

After starring in B grade in recent weeks, Casey Parsons and Kelly Davidson earned an A grade chance — making the most of their opportunity.

Positioned in mid-court by coach Rohan Starkey, the duo produced a high pressure defensive game before linking up strongly in attack.

But their efforts were not enough as the Timbercutters fell by 10 against Jerilderie in the Picola and District Netball League.

‘‘Casey and Kelly were outstanding to play with,’’ teammate Kylie Atkinson said.

‘‘They were positive with their ball movement which allowed us to move the ball quickly.

‘‘Hopefully a few of us can play at their level next week to end the season on a good note.’’

Following on from her A grade debut last week, Bella Jachim only grew stronger as her confidence increased with the more minutes she played.

‘‘Bella has made the transition between junior and senior netball look extremely easy,’’ Atkinson explained.

‘‘In a tough game she worked hard to win the ball back for her team.

‘‘Seeing a young player give it their all certainly gives everyone else a boost.’’

At the defensive end, Liv Brownfield and Shannon Mills continued their strong seasons with best on court performances.

‘‘Liv and Shannon have saved us countless times during games,’’ Atkinson said.

‘‘We’re lucky to have them playing for our club because they rarely let you down.’’

Mathoura will finish their season against Katunga away from home.

Final score, Jerilderie 48 to Mathoura 38.

Awards: Echuca Hotel - Shannon Mills; Dynamic Fitness - Liv Brownfield.

Mathoura’s B grade had a thrilling two-goal win over the Demons.

It was a tough game for the Timbercutters against the reigning premier, trailing for most of the day.

Mathoura never gave up though and with a well fought out come back, scored a big win.

Final score, Mathoura 43 to Jerilderie 41.

Awards: Echuca Hotel - Britt Edwards; Dynamic Fitness - Jo Lindberg.

C grade final score, Jerilderie 29 to Mathoura 28.

Awards: Mathoura Bowling Club - Kat Wippel; IGA - Pam Vesty.

Mathoura’s C reserve saluted two milestone players with a four-goal win on Saturday.

In a tight game, the Timbercutters scored a victory for Leanne Smith, in her 300th club game and Barb Cox in her 150th.

Final score, Mathoura 26 to Jerilderie 22.

Awards: Mathoura Bowling Club - Leanne Smith; IGA - Barb Cox.

Mathoura’s Under 15s scored a momentum building three goal win over Jerilderie.

Going into the last quarter it was anyone’s game with the young Timbercutters holding on for the victory.

Remy Cathcart played her best game of the season by putting serious pressure on the shooters.

Ella McCormick helped shape the second half of the game with her work in the mid court.

Mathoura’s shooters as usual took advantage of their possessions and converted to goals.

Final score, Mathoura 35 to Jerilderie 32.

Awards: McDonald’s - Remy Cathcart and Shalbe Bish.

The U13s Timbercutters came up against a strong Jerilderie team, going down by 31 goals.

Despite the big margin Mathoura continued to play with their heads held high.

Final score, Jerilderie 36 to Mathoura 5.

The U11s played an amazing game with all the girls getting an award.

Sienna Toomey was determined to get the ball and not let it go. She intercepted the ball time after time in an outstanding performance.