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Deniliquin dominates Barooga on netball court

The Rams won all eight of their Murray Netball League matches against Barooga on Saturday

May 13, 2014 3:40am

Under-13 goalkeeper Bianca Semple passes to Pippa Metcalfe.


Rams netballer Maddy Gallagher celebrated her 100th senior game with a gritty six-goal victory over Barooga in B grade on Saturday.

The star mid-courter played a pivotal role in the side’s fourth win of the season, which has the Rams sitting fourth on the Murray Netball League ladder.

The match saw the team experiment with rotations and positional changes, and although these changes were a little unsettling at times they are something the team needs to become accustomed to.

The defensive end was in top form again and no easy ball made its way into the goal circle.

It was a positive sign to see the defenders supported by their attacking players, who applied magnificent pressure during turnovers and made a conscious effort to win back their own ball.

Coach Corinne Mitsch said the team, as a whole, should be commended on its defensive work after Saturday’s result.

Awards: Tess Parsons, Paula Parsons, Kristen Morris.

A grade: Deni 64 def. Barooga 23.

Saturday’s match resulted in a strong win and provided the side with an opportunity to introduce some changes and test the girls’ versatility. Young Rams Tess Parsons and Maggie McCalman earnt a run and slotted into their preferred positions with ease. They both provided strong support at each end of the court. Hayley Hall was the best on court yet again, ably supported by Chelsea McNamara and Eleisha Bartlett through the middle. Min Wyatt and Chantall Barnes had a field day in defence and Bec White shot beautifully.

Awards - Hayley Hall, Chelsea McNamara, Bec White.

C grade: Deni 39 def. Barooga 30.

Another good, solid win by the Rams courtesy of great shooting by Ainslee Pitts and Maggie Sutton. There were some great drives and feeding into the ring by mid-courters, led by Alex McQuarrie, while Georgia Small came on into WD and played a fantastic game to take out best-on-court honours. Charlotte Wade, although only playing half the game, provided many opportunities for the defence to create turnovers.

Awards: Georgia Small, Charlotte Wade, Alex McQuarrie.

C-Res: Deni 29 def. Barooga 18.

The Rams continued their winning streak on Saturday, working well as a team to score a big win. New player Charmaine Marshall fitted in nicely in defence, while Temeka White and Britt Whitbourne were accurate in goals. Phoebe Laing and Rachel Nisbet were strong in the mid-court.

Awards: Charmaine Marshall, Temeka White, Britt Whitbourne, Rachel Nisbet.

U/17s: Deni 58 def. Barooga 9.

The under-17s contest was an attacker’s game with high-percentage goal shooting and a consistent work rate throughout the rotations. Emily White and Maggie Parsons were strong in goals, very capably supported by Lucy Seale in and out of the goal circle. Indy Williams, Jaime Blake and Maggie McCalman continued to build a solid line of defence with mid-court runners Ellie Marshall, Olivia O’Brien and Mia Pearn all contributing. The side’s biggest challenge comes this week when it meets ladder-leader Congupna.

Awards - Lucy Seale, Maggie Parsons, Jaime Blake.

U/15s: Deni 34 def. Barooga 10.

Saturday’s win was underpinned by a great team effort with all girls playing a fantastic game. Bridie Howe, Kate McCalman and Maggie Watson combined beautifully in goals with Georgie McCalman, Chloe Rutter and Chloe Charlton moving the ball nicely through the mid-court. Anna Bowie, Eliza Conallin and Ella Park’s tight defence kept Barooga’s score to a minimum.

Awards: Kate McCalman, Maggie Watson, Ella Park, Bridie Howe.

U/13s: Deni 44 def. Barooga 5.

The girls combined to produce many fast-flowing passages of play. Olivia Park produced many drives out of the arc to open up the attack, while Lilli Free’s second and third attempts at possesion resulted in timely turnovers.

Awards: Olivia Park, Lilli Free.

U/12s: Deni 8 def. Barooga 6.

The Rams were very excited and enthusiastic about joining in the Pink Sports Day celebrations and topped it off with a win, despite not playing at their best.

The weather required a change in court craft, which proved a little difficult for the girls to adapt too.

Emma McCallum and Eloise Ritchie’s defensive pressure across the court was magnificent. They each pulled in countless intercepts, which kept the team in touch of the opposition.

Keely Mitsch continually provided drive through the mid-court and maintained a positive attitude, encouraging her team to work hard.

Awards: Eloise Ritchie, Emma McCallum, Keely Mitsch.

U/11s: The youngest club champions showed great determination on Saturday. Every player worked defensively to shut down Barooga’s attack, with footwork and passing skills improving each week. Georgia Fisher and Holly Amor are gaining confidence and improving their positioning every game, while Kayla Elphick played a great captain’s game, showing great poise and timing.

Awards: Kayla Elphick, Georgia Fisher, Holly Amor.

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