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Perfect result for skipper's 100th game

Deniliquin Rams A grade captain Bec White led her side to a 46-38 win to mark her 100th game on Saturday.

July 30, 2014 3:58am

The Rams’ Chelsea McNamara and Echuca United’s Sharni Hazelman fight for the ball.

Deniliquin’s gutsy win over Echuca United on Saturday was extra special for Bec White.

It was the star shooter’s 100th senior match for the Rams, and a brilliant 46-38 win against the odds was the perfect result.

White started playing A grade netball at Deniliquin in 2010 when she was just 17 years old and the following year she won the league best and fairest.

The 21 year-old is the Rams’ captain and on Saturday she was dynamic in goals.

Battling injury and illness, and coming off three disappointing losses, the Rams owned the first quarter to be in front by 11 goals at the break.

Chelsea McNamara was influential in wing defence, creating havoc for the opposition’s attack.

Awards: Chelsea McNamara - club incentive; Bec White - socks.

B grade: Echuca 41 def. Deni 37.

It was integral for the Rams to put four solid quarters together and regain some confidence as a unit. Although, it was another loss, some great improvements were seen across the court. Eloise Maher and Tess Parsons dominated, taking control of the goal circle through their creative movement and vision of the play. Mel Barlow was instrumental in providing a smooth transition from defensive to attack, enabling abundance of supply to the goalers. With Kristen Morris leaving the court early due to illness, it was left to Elle Parsons to lead the untried defensive combination of Olivia Bish and Georgie Cooke. As usual, Parsons’ rebounding was inspiring and the girls worked tirelessly, forcing many turnovers.

Awards: Olivia Bish and Georgie Cooke.

C grade: Echuca 58 def. Deni 44.

The Rams held Echuca United to just a two-goal lead in the first quarter. Great all over pressure by mid-courters Charlotte Wade, Julia Druitt and Maggie Sutton was a highlight. Once again Olivia Bish and Georgie Cooke worked tirelessly in defence and Lily Bond shot efficiently to receive best-on-court honours.

Awards: Lily Bond and Charlotte Wade.

C-Res: Echuca 66 def. Deni 21.

The Rams fought hard all day and displayed excellent team work, with Charmaine Marshall and Gabi Donald working tirelessly in defence to keep the scorers in check. Phoebe Laing, Janine Barlow and Hayley Brown moved the ball efficiently out of the midcourt, while Britt Whitbourne and Temeka White shot well under pressure.

Awards: Phoebe Laing and Janine Barlow.

U/17s: Deni 46 def. Echuca 35.

The combination of Maggie Parsons and Emily White in goals was instrumental in delivering a solid win. Parsons’ accuracy was at an all time high and she was backed up by strong mid-court play from Lucy Seale, Mia Pearn and Anna Bowie. The girls held great control all game with Olivia O’Brien outstanding in the centre and drawing many turnovers. Strong communication and positioning in defence by Maggie McCalman and Indy Williams made all the difference against the tall Echuca shooters.

Awards: Olivia O’Brien and Maggie Parsons.

U/15s: Echuca 36 def. Deni 23.

Inaccurate passing and positioning cost the Rams lots of goaling opportunities. Position changes in the third term created an equal scoring quarter.

Awards: Ella Park - Coach’s award; Georgie McCalman - Bronte’s; Bridie Howe - Mobil North.

U/13s: Deni 24 def. Echuca 12.

The Rams came up against a quality opposition and managed to win by 12 goals. Playing a great game in wing defence was Bianca Semple, who got her hand to many deflections and intercepts. Maddie Irwin proved her versatility by playing effectively at both ends of the court. In the last quarter the girls had a slow start but eventually found their feet, and some pace, and took the four points.

Awards: Bianca Semple and Maddie Irwin.

U/12s: Echuca 29 def. Deni 8.

Eilish Morden and her defensive team mates executed great patience and discipline which resonated down the court and into attack. Bella White opened up the attacking end, creating space with timely leads and providing direction for her team mates.

Awards: Eilish Morden and Bella White.

U/11s: Molly Shaw, Rachel Crockart and Kayla Elphick made great position throughout the game and contested the ball at every opportunity. Holly Amor played a very effective game in defence and made great position, which resulted in shutting down many of Echuca’s drives.

Awards: Holly Amor, Molly Shaw, Rachel Crockart and Kayla Elphick.

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