Lions keep finals hopes alive

Thomson v East - Rd 16




Belmont started out strong, and their defensive pressure caused Corio to rush and throw balls away. First quarter saw Belmont lead by thirteen goals to Corio’s seven. During the second quarter Belmont took command intercepting many balls and with the attackers creating space nicely, Belmont were able to increase their lead. The third quarter was a bit messy for Belmont, but their determination for the ball ensured they again increased their lead. Going into the final quarter, Belmont made some positional changes, however this made little difference to the team’s performance, which was a credit to the whole team. Belmont’s patience in passing the ball, their defensive pressure and their fight ensured them a convincing win. It was a disappointing performance from Corio. With no drive throughout the midcourt, Corio missed too many opportunities. Zalia Nathan and Sarah Day played a solid game in defence, but this was just not enough to lift the Devils.


North Geelong got off to a great start and hit the lead early. Judy Hewart in wing defence, played a vital role in shutting down Anakie’s attack. Tori Miller again stood out in GK, taking numerous intercepts, and was able to turn the ball around many times in North’s favour. Steph Gomez found plenty of space around the court, and fed fast and accurately into the North’s goalers. North put in four solid quarters of netball, stepping it up a notch in the final quarter to secure the win. With Lucy vercher out with injury the Anakie girls dug deep to stay in touch with North Geelong. Brittany Chapman was rock solid in defence with hands over every ball, and grabbing anything that came her way. Anakie fought hard throughout each quarter, but were just unable to get the edge over the determined North side.


In perfect weather conditions, it was an evenly contested first half, Bell Post Hill then came out in the third quarter and established their presence in the game by scoring eighteen goals to Inverleigh’s four. Emma Harty, playing in her 100th game, passed the ball brilliantly into Kim Martin who shot 50 goals for the game, making it tough for the Hawk’s defence. . Bell Post Hill continued their dominance in the final quarter, winning by thirty one goals. Inverleigh put in a competitive first half, with centre court players, Sarah Garner, Karen Arnall and Cathy McHenry working tirelessly, moving the ball swiftly down the court. It was a good clean game by both sides, with the more experienced Bell Post Hill side coming away with a comfortable win.

WERRIBEE CENTRALS 71 DEF GEELONG WEST 21 Werribee Centrals played a consistent game, working in different combinations across the court. Amanda Wilson and Noni McClure were impressive in defence, putting the Geelong West goalers under enormous pressure and getting plenty of hands to balls. Jeni Gardner worked hard in (WA) providing plenty of drive to the centrals attacking line. Centrals will continue to work hard heading into finals. With the help of a few B Grade Players who stepped up this week, Geelong West put in four consistent quarters, but were just unable to contain the strength and versatility of the Centrals Unit.


Winchelsea had a bit of a shake up in the first half of the game, being only up by two goals at the half time break. The Winchelsea girls were able to re-group and lift the intensity in the third quarter and break the game out to a twelve goal margin, which enabled them to hold, and then extend on during the final quarter. Amy Wirth created a number of turnover opportunities whilst, Julia Knott and Jess Thompson converted well in attack. For the first time this year Bannockburn had their full team available. With a strong emphasis on keeping possession of the ball, Bannockburn were able to go goal for goal with Winchelsea during the first half. However Winchelsea’s pressure in the ring during the third quarter forced Bannockburn into passing across court, resulting in numerous Winchelsea intercepts. Bannockburn managed to regroup at three quarter time but the poor third quarter cost them the game. For Bannockburn, Amy Wormald and Ellen Cook worked tirelessly all game.


East Geelong continued their winning form from the last round, with four strong consistent quarters. Kate Schippers and Shae Rowbottom worked tirelessly in the circle, with very accurate shooting, Erica Schippers(centre) and Caitlyn (WA) combined well in centre court to take the ball consistently to the East’s goalers. Carly Headlam had an excellent game in defence, intercepting many balls and creating some important turnovers. Thomson tried to keep up with a quick starting East Geelong and were only seven goals down at quarter time. Thomson’s defenders applied plenty of pressure especially under the ring but were unable to combat East's accuracy. Layla Taylor-Burns and Desiree Balaburova provided plenty of drive onto the circle. Thomson never allowed East to run away, with captain Courtney Macleod keeping the pressure up right until the final whistle.


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