Swans A-grade netballers can't quite get there against Tallygaroopna.May 22, 2014 3:09am
Avenel’s A-grade netball side just failed to peg back a fellow finals contender in Tallygaroopna in a hard-fought game on Saturday.
The Swans went down 39-35 in a game that was close throughout.
Excellent defending by Sarah Milne, Jacinta Jamison and Paige Hockley ensured the Redlegs had to earn every goal while at the other end Kasey Szydlowski switched from defence to make her presence felt at wing attack.
Fellow midcourter Kelly Smith also worked hard to deliver to the Avenel goalers Joss Roache and Niki Lord. The awards went to Szydlowski and Lord.
The Swans B-grade side continued on its winning way, getting up 33-29. The first two quarters the whole team played at 100 per cent with Tracy Halpin, Nicole Hoskins, Nicole Lynch and Maddison Grey all doing an outstanding job in defence intercepting and rebounding to keep control of the ball and the defence end with Michelle Jamison flying high also intercepting and keeping the ball in her control for the team.
Hannah McPherson, Caitlyn Tempest and the birthday girl Donna McDonald down the attacking end worked well together and with the team getting their heads back into their own game in the last quarter, they came home to win. Awards to Halpin and McPherson — and a big thanks to Bec from C-grade for sitting on the bench.
The Redlegs were too strong in C-grade, winning 31-25.
Both sides split two extremely close age-group games. In the under-17s Avenel got up 31-30.
Great talk on the court from Courtney Lorenzi helped attackers Monty and Katelyn in the ring when they needed it. Tejuan, Cathryn, Tamara and Jammisyn fought hard in defence and got many turn overs throughout the tough game. Missing key player Anna Dundon, Izzy stepped up to the centre to control the game. In a tough, hot game the girls fought hard to come home with a victory. Awards to Courtney and Tejuan.
In the under-15 game Tallygaroopna started the day with a one-goal win, beating the Swans 30-29.
The Swans had to change their goaling combination, with Hannah away Charley joined Libby and they played great. Avenel was a lot more settled and had good ball control. Zoe was again the dominant centre while Michelle assisted well in WA. Macka and Maddie defended all game. Tally made changes at half time which resulted in the Swans holding a three-goal lead at three-quarter time.
In the last quarter going goal for goal, the Redlegs held their nerve and snuck away with the win. Avenel awards went to Maddie Milne and Michelle Jesser.
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