A GradeThere were debutants all round for the Pigeons including Indi Frauenfelder for A Grade. Opportunities have come for Under 16 players Indi along with Tilly Kennedy and Laura Zanin with the absence of Annalise Grinter (injured) and Laura Bourke (away) and they didn’t disappoint the crowd.
Hannah Symes was her usual best with some great saves at GK pushing the ball well towards the forward line.
Normally a goaler in the Under 16s, Indi was a sensation at centre in the third.
Young gun Jayanna Sharp after playing B Grade stepped up to the mark once again making her place in A Grade.
The Pigeons just kept getting better as the game progressed adding another convincing win 56-40 to their tally.
Best: B Cassar, H Symes.
Goals: B Cassar 40, A Jones 16.
B GradeIt was always going to be a tough one and a tussle of fourth and fifth spots.
A good strong start had the Raiders coach worried with Yarra in front by two at quarter time.
Raiders came back hard and fast changing the lead on the scoreboard and putting themselves in front by two at half time.
Tactical changes across the court to lift Yarra were fruitless although Malory Nankervis’s move into the centre drove the ball well into the forward line.
Wodonga’s confidence gave them the edge at the start of the last and they got away to lead by 10 and although Yarra wanted this win they only managed to reduce the margin to finally go down 37-45.
Best: C Whinray, M Nankervis, Tyrell.
Goals: T Bogle 15, K Robilliard 15, E Soutter 7.
C GradeYarra took off with a clear start up by four at the first break but the Raiders came back hard in the second to be trailing by one goal at half time.
Errors on both sides forced many turnovers but a better third quarter saw Yarra push the lead out to six.
Raiders fought back hard for this win and got to within two during the last, but Yarra’s attacking line and defenders stood up to the challenge and were too strong in the end. Another good win for C Grade 47-44.
Best: S Wallden, T Bogle.
Goals: T Bogle 23, S Kennedy 24.
Under 16It was an inspiring start for Yarrawonga whose defence work and first rate drive down the court gave them the edge with a five goal lead at quarter time.
Words from the Raiders coach at the first break inspired Wodonga and the Raiders came out with superior passing narrowing the difference to three by half time.
But not resting on their laurels the Pigeons came back hard to outscore the Raiders in the third.
Feeding in the forward line was fantastic and Ebony Woodburn was terrific in defence.
From the sidelines going into the last, superior fitness prevailed, the girls steadied and with direct passing and accurate shooting by the goalers, Yarra outscored Raiders 15 to 10 to come home winners 53-42.
Best: I Frauenfelder, A Chapman.
Goals: E York 35, I Frauenfelder 18.
A GradeMulwala 26 defeated by Echuca 58
Echuca proved to be too strong for the Lions this week, jumping to an early lead in the first quarter and stamping their authority on the game.
The Lions answered in the second, working hard to gain some momentum and start notching up some goals.
Chloe slotted in to work in goals with both Steph and Jordy, driving well and creating space in the goal ring.
Georgia also debuted this week, running the centre and WD in the second half and holding her own against a tough opposition.
Some excellent passages of play along with relentless defence from Rorri, demonstrated continued improvement in this young side, and the determination to give their all regardless of the score. Well done girls and keep working hard.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Rorri Phibbs, One Zach – Chloe Bogle
B GradeMulwala 32 defeated by Echuca 49
The Lions faced another top 3 side in Echuca this week and were not to be disappointed with a quality game of netball.
The pace was furious at the outset with plenty of turnovers each way, resulting in the ball rocketing back and forth down the court.
With one defender down, Cara, Steph, Rorri and Hayley came to the rescue, each playing a quarter and combining well with Brit.
Georgia played her best game so far this season, driving with intensity, applying excellent defensive pressure and turning the ball over numerous times.
Unfortunately the score had blown out by three quarter time, however, the girls found something extra in the last quarter, getting several unanswered goals and rattling the Eagles as they closed the gap.
Echuca regrouped quickly and ran out the rest of the game to come away with a comfortable win.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Georgia Glass, Wingates – Tayla Smith
C GradeMulwala 28 defeated by Echuca 53
It was another tough game against an experienced Echuca side. The Eagles soared to a 10 goal lead in the first quarter, which proved too much for the Lions to claw back.
Mulwala’s defensive pressure was great all the way down the court and to the girls’ credit they didn’t give up all game.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Sami Till, Mulwala Pharmacy – Ash McKee
C Reserve GradeMulwala 27 defeated by Echuca 55
The girls had a tough game coming up against top of the ladder, Echuca and with 4 juniors stepping up to help out, the girls gave it their all and worked together as a team throughout the whole game.
The defensive pressure was fantastic with Tara and Aubrey stand-outs for the game, working non-stop to earn countless turnovers.
Silly errors and a slow start were the downfall, however the score was not indicative of the game, with the Lions finishing strongly and keeping Echuca on their toes.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Aubrey Rodriguez, La Porchetta – Tara Green
17 & underMulwala 27 defeated by Echuca 56
Fighting for a spot in the top 6 meant Mulwala needed to come out firing this week against second of the ladder – Echuca.
The versatility of many players proved an advantage this week with most girls playing all over the court.
Heidi played an amazing game in defence, working overtime to pull in every possible rebound and gain a large number of intercepts.
Abbey’s talk and pressure all down the court meant she was able to provide the attack end with strong leads and the defence end with plenty of turnovers.
Tess played a pivotal role with her strong passes and accurate feeding into the ring.
Unfortunately Echuca was too strong on the day, proving their spot at the top end of the ladder as they ran away with a 29 goal win.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Heidi Magro, YMGCR – Abbey Hicks, BrewIt – Tess McNamara
15 & underMulwala 13 defeated by Echuca 56
Another hard week for the young Lions as they faced a very polished Echuca side.
The girls fought hard all day, never giving up and holding their heads high. A few risky positional changes allowed the girls to shine in positions they don’t normally play.
They moved the ball smoothly down the court, however Echuca’s accuracy and ability to read each play was almost impossible to defeat.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Danielle Harris, YMGCR – Zali Peters, BrewIt – Cheyenne Nixon
13 & underMulwala 15 defeated by Echuca 41
The girls knew they were in for a tough game coming up against Echuca. Freya played her best game, turning the ball over numerous times for the Lions and was well supported by Bella.
Unfortunately, the girls were unable to convert on the score board allowing Echuca to get a handy lead.
With some positional changes at half time, Jazz went into goals to combine with Lauren who worked relentlessly all game, opening up the ring to give better scoring opportunities.
Abbey led the mid court along with Piper and Chloe applying great pressure on the ball.
The girls showed patches of great play but need to put 4 consistent quarters together.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Freya Fletcher, YMGCR – Lauren Heffer, McDonalds - Chloe Birks
12 & underMulwala 5 defeated by Echuca 35
The young Lions were met by a formidable Echuca United side.
Echuca took the girls by surprise and the young Lions lost their way. After regrouping in the second quarter they found their feet and managed to hit the score board before the mercy rule was implemented.
The second half of the game was the strongest and the girls should be exceptionally pleased with their effort.
With the worry of the scoreboard gone, the young Lions started playing for fun and fun they had. Each goal that was scored was like a grand final goal. Supporters got behind them and our spirits lifted.
With fantastic talk on the court, the Echuca girls became frazzled and Mulwala managed to get a few turn overs. Echuca were so impressed by our talk on the court, led by Olivia, they awarded one of their awards to Olivia and implored their girls to talk like Lions on the court.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Chloe Burgess, YMGCR – Olivia Quinn, McDonalds – Bria Seamer
McDonalds (from Echuca) – Olivia Quinn