ROUND NINE REVIEWS | B GRADE Netball
| Wendy Roberts |
The game against Broadford was held on a wet GGO court for the entire game. To keep possession of the ball, instructions were given for forward, direct leads, allowing Broadford to contact from behind when bringing the ball out of defence into the attacking end. This was how the B Grade team began and how we stayed in the game in the first half.
With Alex McDonald taking position in GS, she had additional height over the GK. Emily played out as GA (who is slowly recovering from illness), did an outstanding job, making first and second leads. Chelsea’s task was to learn very quickly how to place passes into Alex and at times there was success.
Taylor took the centre position as the linking player between the backline and the attacking end. Shae, Tegan and Taylor worked tirelessly sending the ball back down court after Bonnie and Shae intercepted and tipped away balls from very accurate shooters who had great positioning under the post.
In the second half of the game, positional changes were made to close the five-goal margin. Claire came into the GK position, Bonnie back into GA and Emily rested. However, it only opened up the margin. Broadford surged ahead gathering momentum in the attacking end, while confidence grew as it intercepted our passes and rebounded missed shots.
In the fourth quarter, Alex was rested and Emily returned with Bonnie in the shooting circle. This settled the attacking end and the understanding of play began to reappear, Woodend won the last quarter by two goals. Broadford took the win; however, Woodend played a good clean thinking game with errors quite low.
Interchanging players and keeping the overall performance progressing takes many seasons to develop. This will develop over a period of time. I am pleased with the team’s performance. Players just need to stay focused on the skills that they need to strengthen, which will strengthen the entire team’s performance. Go Hawks!