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Maher debuts in Rams' A grade loss

Deniliquin's A grade netballers were overrun by a strong Mulwala outfit on Saturday.

July 10, 2014 3:45am

Rams under-15s defender Ella Park looks for an option through the midcourt on Saturday.

It was another disappointing loss for Deniliquin Rams A grade on Saturday, losing by 14 goals to home side Mulwala in Murray Netball League.

The Rams came out of the blocks with great pace and intensity, holding their own for the best part of three quarters but were unable to hold on in the last.

Eloise Maher made her A-grade debut as goalshooter and showed class against quality opposition.

Bec White had a true captain’s game, stepping up under pressure and involving Maher.

Min Wyatt owned the centre for the first time this season and showed she can be just as lethal in attack.

Defenders Chantall Barnes and Chelsea McNamara were relentless, capably supported by Kristen Morris and Jaime Blake.

Final score: Mulwala 55 def. Deni 41. Awards: Club incentive - White, Globe - Barnes.

It was a hard day at the office for B grade and a slow start saw Mulwala get on top early.

Although competitive throughout the second and third quarters, a combination of the first quarter and a disheartening fourth saw the scoreline too great to peg back.

Tess Parsons’ ability to treasure possession and make good decisions was a highlight.

Older sister Elle Parsons demonstrated her extensive defensive knowledge and a commitment to work hard.

Final score: Mulwala 44 def. Deni 24. Awards: Incentive - Tess Parsons, Canteen - Elle Parsons.

C grade: Mulwala 63 def. Deni 28.

Thanks to Georgie and Kate McCalman, Bridie Howe and Sophie Walmsley for filling in. Every player fought hard in the first quarter.

Georgie ran well through the midcourt, backed up by Bridie and Alex McQuarrie, while in the second quarter the team began to gel.

Georgie Cooke and Charlotte Wade worked tirelessly in defence in the second half.

Awards: Incentive - Georgie McCalman, Socks - McQuarrie.

C-Res: Mulwala 34 def. Deni 25.

Deni battled hard and nearly came back in the last quarter but ran out of time.

Defenders Gabbi Donald and Rachel Nisbet put in a strong performance.

Temeka White also played a good game switching from goals into the centre.

Awards: Donald, Nisbet and White.

U/17s: Deni 25 def. Mulwala 24.

In difficult conditions the 17s came away with a win by the narrowest of margins.

Jaime Blake was relentless in GK, supported beautifully by Maggie McCalman in GD.

At the other end of the court Maggie Parsons kept Deni on the scoreboard with some confident shooting.

Emily White provided much needed drive through the mid-court and was also a reliable target in goals.

Lucy Seale and Ellie Marshall found some great space and executed some precision passes in attack.

Mia Pearn battled well showing a greater understanding for the WD position.

The spark came from Olivia O’Brien in the last quarter which was enough to get them just over the line.

Awards: Brontes - Maggie Parsons, Wired - Jaime Blake.

U/15s: Mulwala 37 def. Deni 13.

A tough game against the ladder leader.

A few positional changes at half time resulted in an even third quarter, with Kate McCalman shooting some nice goals.

Anna Bowie’s move into centre helped the Rams, while Eliza Conallin’s quarter in WD provided the visitors with a few turnovers.

Awards: Coaches - Kate McCalman, IGA - Bowie, Brontes - Conallin.

U/13s: Deni 21 def. Mulwala 7.

Maddie Irwin demonstrated excellent positioning and hands in GD and shot accurately when moved into GS.

Georgia Richards played well in centre, directing play, controlling loose passes and delivering precisely into the arch.

Awards: Irwin and Richards.

U/12s: Deni 17 def Mulwala 7.

The weather was a major contributor throughout the first half, resulting in an even score at the break.

The start of the third quarter saw the Rams re-group and play the type of netball they are capable of.

Stephanie Maher’s defensive pressure across the court was magnificent. She pulled in countless intercepts and slowed Mulwala’s flow.

Keely Mitsch was able to quickly turn her defensive pressure into attacking drives. Awards: Maher, Mitsch.

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