Avenel A-grade netball side disposes of reigning premier.CHALPAT SONTI June 5, 2014 3:21am
Tejuan Sutherland and Cathryn Gray are teammates, but they both have eyes for the ball in the under-17 game.
Avenel’s A-grade netball side has maintained its place inside the top four after dismissing reigning premiers Rushworth 52-25 on Saturday.
While the Tigers are a different side to 2013, the Swans put in a team effort to take the four points, and it was a returning player that stood out.
Tegan Sidebottom is back in the side with Jacinta Jamison off overseas for six weeks.
Sidebottom started at wing attack, then moved into the shooting circle and teamed up well with Niki Lord. Deanne Thompson moved back into defence and also teamed up well with Sarah Milne and Kasey Szydlowski.
Coach Anita Lynch — who missed the game herself with the flu, which saw Marlene Tempest take over — said ‘‘it was a game we couldn’t afford to drop’’, though Nagambie losing to Murchison gave the Swans some breathing space in the top six.
Avenel faces Ardmona this week and while Lynch is not taking the Cats lightly, it is a game the Swans would expect to win, especially at home.
‘‘Now we’ve got another goaler in the side we’ve got a lot of different combinations and options which is good,’’ Lynch said.
In B-grade Avenel remains second on the ladder with a 37-26 victory, while it was closer for C-grade but it went to a clear fourth after getting up 44-41.
The C-grade side had four players missing, but the defence did a great job getting turnovers and the awards went to Leannda Fountain and Bec Kirby.
The age-group sides remain in fifth spots with easy wins. The under-17 side got home 54-31 in a dominant performance. Monty Ginn and Issy Tilson were unstoppable as goalers, while midcourters Anna Dundon, Courtney Lorenzi and Jammisyn Manns brought the ball down beautifully and put pressure where it was needed.
Tejuan Sutherland and Cath Gray in defence were fantastic, reading the play and getting every intercept they could. Ginn and Manns took the awards.
It was a one-horse race in the under-15s, the Swans cruising home 79-6. It was 17-1 after the first quarter, and the Swans got stronger from there.
Maddy, Macka and Kira worked hard in the defence end, while Charley, Hannah, Alyssa and Libby popped the goals in.
The mid-court worked just as hard defending and also feeding. It was a well-deserved win for the girls with awards to Maddy Milne and Hannah Cornthwaite.
— Lower grade reports supplied by Avenel Football Netball Club
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