Yarrawonga Netball

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

A Grade

Lavington 46 defeated Yarrawonga 44

The physicality and athleticism on show in an A grade game between the Panthers and Pigeons never fails to disappoint the enthusiastic crowds, and this one was no different.  

It was a milestone 150th A grade game for co-coach Laura Irvine, who hasn’t missed a beat this season in leading from the front week after week and motivating her team.  

The Yarra girls got off to a flying start, were 7 goals up at the first break and 5 at half-time.  

However, it was obvious that the Lavington ladies had unfinished business and in the second half, they staged a fierce comeback leading from defence, which saw the scoreline turn and then see-saw for the remainder of the game.  

The Pigeons can hold their heads high as they certainly didn’t concede defeat for a second, however in the end it was the Panthers who just took home the points.  

Best: Laura Irvine and Annalise Grinter.

B Grade 

Lavington 30 defeated by Yarrawonga 53

The B grade train continues to plough through station after station leaving little in their wake with yet another fantastic win this week.  

With the return of co-coach Jac Flanagan and some additional talent in Tilly Kennedy, Lily Sharp and Abbey Jones leading from the front, the result of this game was never in any doubt.  

Bridget Cassar again shot with accuracy, and the defensive efforts of best players on the court Lily and Jayanna were unable to be countered by the 4th- placed Panthers outfit.  

In the end, a very impressive and convincing win to add to this exciting season.

Best: Lily Sharp and Jayanna Sharp.

C Grade 

Lavington 46 defeated Yarrawonga 40

In this top of the table clash, the C graders needed to bring their very best this week to match it with an impressive Lavington outfit.  

The game began with both teams going goal for goal, with the defense of Georgia Lawless again a standout making life difficult for the Panthers shooters.  

In the second quarter there was some difficulty getting the ball through the mid-court and some missed opportunities saw the home team up by 9 at the half-time break.  

The third quarter saw the injection of best on court Jenny Buercker and some changes through the mid court to stem the flow of goals, and the Pigeons continued to fight back until the final whistle. 

In the end the game wasn’t quite long enough and it was a 6-goal win to the Panthers, but a confidence builder for the Pigeon C-graders.

Best: Jenny Buerckner and Georgia Lawless.

Under 16s 

Lavington 37 defeated Yarrawonga 20

It was a hopeful game for the Under 16s this week, coming up against the as-yet winless Panthers outfit.  

Unfortunately, it proved to be another tough one from the outset with the home team getting to a 6 goal lead at the first change and extending this throughout the match.  

Some missed shooting opportunities and the tough defence from Lavington made it difficult to convert scoring shots and despite great efforts by best on court Eliana Martin and Chloe Wheaton and some terrific passages of play, that first win of the season continues to elude the young Pigeons.

Best: Eliana Martin and Chloe Wheaton.