Avenel's A-grade netballers put the acid back on Nagambie with tough win over Stanhope.
Avenel’s A-grade netball side has kept its finals hopes alive with a tough 46-42 win over Stanhope.
The Swans worked together as a team and got a jump in the first quarter leading by six. As normal, excellent goaling by Jacinta Jamison and Niki Lord ensured each goal was perfect. Nikita McDonald and Kara Clydesdale were outstanding throughout both the attack and defence area, turning over several crucial balls that helped maintain the lead. And a strong defence end with Bree D’Andrea, Nicole Kanters, Ashleigh Paholek and Lucy Kelly maintaining a tight ring area making it hard for Stanhope to score. Lord and Clydesdale won the awards.
The Swans now need Undera to upset Nagambie to clinch a finals berth. Lancaster and Stanhope could also miss out but both have games they should win comfortably.B-GRADE
With a home game final on the line the Swans came out firing, playing fantastic all down the court to win 36-31. Ball control was terrific and Issy Tilson again had her chance to contribute to the team’s win. The defence stood strong and continued to rebound and intercept a lot of Stanhope’s loose balls. It was a huge team effort with an excellent result cementing second spot on the ladder. Awards to Kasey Szydlowski and Haidee Cadd.C-GRADE
This wasn’t Avenel’s best day and it was over run by a tall Stanhope goaling combination, losing 36-21. Kellie Quigg tried all game and Emily Meek played well. Unfortunately the Swans were not able to covert on the scoreboard with the misses heading down the court and into Stanhope’s goal ring. As it turns out this was the last game of the season with finals just out reach.
Congratulations girls on a terrific season in Swannie land and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2014. Awards to Meek and Quigg.
Stanhope came out firing from the first whistle, Avenel tried hard in defence to stop their passage of play but the Lions were too strong all over the court, winning 67-23. Changes were made every quarter but Avenel was unable to keep up with the first-placed Stanhope. The girls never gave up and we are proud of them.
Avenel expected a close encounter and had one, winning 33-20. At the first change the top-of-the-table Swans only had a three goal lead. Everyone was working real hard to get in front and control the midcourt. The second quarter won Avenel the game as the Swans shot 11-1. Avenel was pushed every step of the way with Stanhope hitting back hard in the second half of the game. All the girls played well with awards to Tamara Bess and Carissa Grant. The Swans play third-placed Lancaster ahead of the finals.
— Supplied by Avenel Football Netball Club
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