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Avenel overpowers Ardmona

Swans A-grade netballers impress with win.

CHALPAT SONTI June 12, 2014 3:26am

Izzy Tilson had a busy day - here in action in the B-grade game.


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Some excellent defence and great combinations at the other end paved the way for Avenel A-grade netball side on Saturday.

The Swans beat Ardmona 50-28 to keep itself firmly in the finals race. It was a win against a determined opponent built on keeping unforced errors down.

‘‘The girls played really well,’’ coach Anita Lynch said.

‘‘The feeding (into the circle) was amazing, Kasey (Szydlowski) and Kelly (Smith) made it easy for Tegan (Sidebottom) and Nikki (Lord). The defence was tight too, Sarah (Milne) took a couple of speccies down there which were great to watch.’’

Dee Thompson and Paige Hockley also shone back there which helped against the Cats shooters, who were extremely accurate.

‘‘The girls put the pressure on which made them make mistakes,’’ Lynch said.

After a close first quarter, Avenel ran away with the game by the end. Best on court were Sidebottom and Szydlowski.

The Swans were able to practise a few things, which along with a trip to Girgarre this weekend, should hold them in good stead for a big game against unbeaten Lancaster the following week.

‘‘I want everything firing going into that game,’’ Lynch said.

‘‘I’m not underestimating (Girgarre) but we should come away with another win.’’

LOWER GRADES

Nicolle Lynch played her 100th game for Avenel in the B-grade game, but it was the Cats who took the win 58-38.

A tough game for the Swans with some girls out saw a few major changes on the court which everyone adapted to very well. A big thanks to Izzy Tillson for filling in, great job, and she and Michelle Jamison won the awards.

C-grade suffered a 43-37 loss despite a strong start and great passages of flowing play.

With Kelly Quigg falling to injury mid way through the first quarter the girls knew they had to step it up. They fell nine goals down coming into the last quarter but with fantastic shooting and moving from Annika Sutherland and great feeding into the ring the girls never gave up. Awards to Sutherland and Vanessa Speechley.

The under-17 game was a 28-all draw, with Avenel having to overcome a slow start. Pressure was applied all over the court from the Swans but their stepping and breaking in the midcourt was costly. Awards went to Izzy Tillson and Tamara Bess.

There was no under-15 game as Ardmona does not have a side.

— Lower grade reports supplied by Avenel Football Netball Club

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