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Hannon debut a highlight for Echuca

Echuca re-joined the top six of the Goulburn Valley Netball League after a good win against Mooroopna.

LUKE MCMANUS July 7, 2014 3:44am

Angela Slattery in action for Echuca.


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Olivia Hannon’s promising debut was icing on Echuca’s commanding 32-goal triumph against Mooroopna in the Goulburn Valley Netball League on Saturday.

Hannon was thrown the bib during the three-quarter-time break and looked to capitalise on the already unassailable Murray Bombers lead.

The 15-year-old held her own after a nervous start to shoot eight goals from 12 attempts (missing the first three shots) to help the Murray Bombers storm away to the 63-31 win at Moama Recreation Reserve.

The win was made possible earlier with a strong opening quarter setting the tone.

Ten goals to the Cats’ nine was trumped during the next two periods in play, with the visitors’ attack restricted to five goals in each quarter while the Murray Bombers added 17 and 16 goals respectively.

Hannon’s contribution was just one of many across the court which ultimately provided Echuca with four crucial points and a leg up into the top-six following a poor recent run in form.

Echuca coach Gina Pearson lauded her players in what was described as a ‘‘pleasing team performance’’, in particularly Hannon’s composure, Ebony and Holly Butler through centre court and Ange Slattery, who swapped with Sheridan Townrow from goal attack to shooter with great effect.

‘‘Olivia’s a shorter goaler but dynamic and has shown an ability to work really hard in B grade,’’ the coach said.

‘‘With a healthy lead I was able to give her an opportunity and she did really well.

‘‘She gets nervous but doesn’t show it, which is a great attribute to have.

‘‘We had so many contributors all over the court, the girls all stood up and played there roles.’’

Slattery and Townrow excelled within the circle and kept the scoreline ticking over, while defenders Maree Gray and Emily Atkinson dominated due to Leah French’s defensive pressure on the Cats’ wing attack.

Mooroopna’s midcourt drive and secondary link in the chain fell down as a result, paving the way for crucial turnovers which were then converted into scores.

‘‘She’s a really quick player and is continuing to get better,’’ Pearson said of French.

‘‘She’s really honed her skills while taking her wing attack out of play, which makes it really difficult for the opposition’s attackers to get their hands on the ball.’’

Echuca faces a a tough task against fourth-placed Benalla when the season resumes after the league-wide bye.

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