Deni Rovers A-graders scored an upset win over Picola United at their home courts on Sunday.August 20, 2014 4:00am
A superb team effort saw the Deni Rovers A-graders score a well-deserved elimination final win against Picola United on Sunday.
The Roos, playing on their home court, started strong and had Picola under pressure all game.
Shooters Ash Geldenhuys and Carissa Thommers were causing plenty of headaches with their height and speed and were well fed by Janice Hilton and Leanne Landy.
The defence of the Rovers picked apart Picola’s attack with Katherine Hillier’s flexibility in numerous roles a key to the girls maintaining dominance.
Lib Braybon read the play well to pick off many key passes into the Blues’ ring, and the visiting shooters found it hard to make crucial goals towards the end of the match.
The Roos held a five-goal lead for the majority of the game and stretched it to nine goals during the final quarter.
Picola United worked its way back into the game to tighten the score to 53-45.
Deni’s best were Hilton, who played four quarters in the centre, and Thommers and Geldenhuys, while Braybon played her best game for the year in defence.
The Rovers take on Jerilderie in the first semi-final at Berrigan on Sunday.
In C grade, the Rovers went down by three goals to Strathmerton but live to fight another day.
Deni came out firing in the first quarter of the qualifying match, but let Strathy gain some ground in the second quarter.
The Roos’ defence worked overtime to get rebounds and caused the home team’s shooters plenty of headaches.
Nerisa Wills, in centre, did a great job keeping the court open in the midcourt and bringing the ball down with the aid of some great wings.
Tenille Blake and Rach Braybon again proved to be a great team in the ring as their side went down, 52-49
Strathy will face Mathoura for a spot in the grand final on Saturday, while the Rovers take on Blighty in the other semi-final on Sunday.
Deni’s under-17s fought out a tough qualifying final to beat Mathoura, 54-43.
The defenders kept the pressure up all game and were a major problem for the Mathoura shooters.
The Roos’ mid-courters worked hard to get the ball into their attacking end and the shooters were on their best game.
This Saturday, the under-17s Rovers will play Jerilderie at Jerilderie for a spot in the grand final.
Despite going down to Jerilderie 31-28 on Saturday, the Rovers under-15s will have a second chance this Sunday.
The first quarter took a while for the girls to settle but they fought back in the second to be down by one goal at half-time.
In the second half the girls were fighting to stay with Jerilderie and almost caused an upset.
The Roos face Strathmerton in the first semi-final on Sunday.
The Rovers under-13s will also play Strathmerton on Sunday after defeating Mathoura, 26-14, in the elimination final.
The girls played a great team game, creating space and driving hard for the pass.
Deni’s goalers had a great day in the ring and the defenders came through with numerous intercepts.
Deni’s C-Reserve team had the week off after collecting the minor premiership and will play for a grand final spot against Jerilderie this Saturday.
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