Yarrawonga netball

May 10, 2017

The midcourt worked hard to deliver the ball into the safe hands of shooter Gemma O’Sullivan. Photograph by Simon Ginns.

Laura Bourke shows her athleticism. Photograph by Simon Ginns.

It was a tough contest for A Grade bragging rights between Yarrawonga and Corowa-Rutherglen. Photograph by Simon Ginns.

A Grade
The Pigeons may have started the game on top of the ladder against their opposition sitting seventh but it was still a pretty close encounter.  
Corowa’s GS Sophie Hanrahan was a thorn in the Yarra side playing her usual game and on target.  
But in the second, Yarrawonga’s defence in Symes and Grinter made the drive from the backline pushing the ball forward.  
Laura Bourke and Caitlin O’Dwyer were instrumental in getting the ball down the middle into the goal circle and into the hands of Jones and O’Sullivan.  
The scoreboard showed a different story but the Pigeons fought hard for four quarters to keep their lead eventually winning 47-33
Best: Laura Bourke, Caitlin O’Dwyer. Goals:  G O’Sullivan 24, A Jones 23

B Grade
Once again Corowa were under the pump when the Pigeons shot four in a row before the Roos had an opportunity to score.  
The Pigeons have been working hard on game plans at training sessions and this certainly paid off. Consistency and communication was the key and at half time Yarra were in front 29-11.  
The girls forged ahead and at the final whistle had a lead of 24 with final score 56-32
Best: Angela Tyrell, Malory Nankervis. Goals: E Soutter 24, A Tyrell 10, A Leslie 8,  K Robilliard 4,   

C Grade
It was evident early that the Pigeons outclassed the Roos and by half time Yarra were in front by 28.  
It was great seeing Under 16 coach and veteran Kaitlyn Cummins back to her classy form among her dominating team mates.  
At the third turn the Pigeons with a lead of 43 made it tough for Corowa to make up any ground.
To their credit the Roos held their own and Yarra had only two more scoring shots than the Roos but the win was truly on the board, with the final tally being 60-15.
Best:  Bree Bailey, Abby Hemphill. Goals: T Bogle 41, S Kennedy 13, Z Jones 4, B Bailey 2

Under 16s
It was an impressive game right from the first whistle for this young contingent against Corowa on Sunday.  
There was clear communication across court which put them in good stead and the Pigeons adjusted quickly to any court changes between quarters.  
Their third quarter was a pearler and saw them scoring 20 points to Corowa’s seven.  
Ally Exton’s drive out of defence was perfect enabling the girls to get the ball down quickly to the other end resulting in goals.  The Pigeons steamed ahead in the final to win 54-31
Best:  Ally Exton, Indi Frauenfelder. Goals:      E York 28, I Frauenfelder 18, A Chapman 9
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