STANHOPE overcame a slow start to register a three-goal win over Dookie United on Saturday.
The Lions were let off lightly in the first term with some wayward kicking from Dookie allowing them to stay in the game.
They went into the first break down 1.1 (7) to 2.4 (16), and whatever was said at quarter-time sparked an answer from the Lions players.
They kicked 4.5 in the second term, marching their way back into the game and wrestling the momentum their way.
At the same time Stanhope kept Dookie to just two goals to hold a 5.6 (36) to 4.4 (28) lead at the main break.
A low-scoring third quarter saw both teams go hard at each other, attempting to gain the upper hand.
Both sides couldn’t make the most of their opportunities — Dookie kicking 0.3 and Stanhope 0.4 in a wasteful third term.
Stanhope kicked away in the last quarter, kicking the only two goals to run away 7.11 (53) to 4.11 (35) winners.
Recruit Daniel Flynn was impressive for the Lions, while Stuart Trevena had a solid game for the second consecutive week.
James Fraser just keeps on keeping on, named in Stanhope’s best players for the fourth time this season.
LAST week it was Stanhope’s turn to take on the dark horse that is Dookie United.
Coach Kerrie Gray expected a competitive match and said it was going to be an interesting clash, but the girls came out on top, 46-39.
“It was a much better game last weekend. It was hard fought and everyone played well as a team for a consistent four quarters,” Gray said.
The Stanhope girls were slow to start but managed to find rhythm on court.
“They got a jump on us at the start but we managed to get the game back and stay there from the end of the first quarter,” she said.
“It was just a good, clean game of netball and really competitive. Dookie is a talented and athletic team; I’d be surprised if they didn’t make finals.”
Molly Breen was best on for her work feeding the ball through the midcourt to powerhouse goaler Chicky Barr, and Emma Hill’s work in wing defence was a standout.
This week Stanhope takes on Ardmona, who were obliterated by Nagambie last week and will be looking for redemption.
Gray said the girls will have their heads down at training this week for what could be a bit of a challenge.
“We normally have a good battle with them and they’re usually quite athletic,” she said.
“We have challenges to work on ourselves so that will be the focus of this week and hopefully if we set goals to reach, the rest will fall into place.”
GIRGARRE held Longwood goalless up until the final term on Saturday, cruising to a dominant 89-point win.
The Roos’ intentions were clear early on as they kicked six goals to none in the first term to lead by 40 points at quarter time.
The Longwood boys attempted to get themselves back in the game in the second quarter, holding Girgarre to just two goals but not yet managing to hit the scoreboard.
In the third term Longwood kicked two points, registering its first score for the afternoon.
In the meantime, however, the Roos had opened up a 77-point lead.
Three more final-quarter goals to Girgarre and Longwood finally managing to get one through the big sticks saw the final score 14.16 (100) to 1.5 (11).
Rowan Priest continued his strong form for the Roos with four goals.
Jake Hyland and Antonio Barca both kicked two goals, while Corey Wheeler was named best on ground.
GIRGARRE has hit its stride.
And Jac Gahan appears to be sprinting away from the competition, shooting 55 goals to lead the girls to a 62-45 victory over Longwood.
“Jac was just on fire. I was playing wing attack and every time I got the ball to her she would just get it straight in,” coach Chloe Kavanagh said.
Of course she was named as best on.
Kavanagh said there’s starting to be fluidity in the Gig games despite their slow start.
“It took until about half time to warm up but after that we managed to pull away from them and they couldn’t get back,” she said.
“We had a good win and the girls played a really consistent game.”
The incentive award went to Jacinta Turgoose for her work in goal defence.
Jas Werner came up from B grade and a special mention goes to Talitha Edwards for a solid performance in centre in the first half.
The fourth quarter saw the girls restrict Longwood to nine goals while they managed to secure 20 for themselves.
“Erin Potter had good defensive pressure and stopped them getting around us,” Kavanagh said.
“Everyone worked hard on court and it showed — the girls didn’t get rattled.”
Playing Rushworth this week, Kavanagh hopes the momentum will continue.
“Hopefully we’ll come away with a win, we’ll have Kylie Battle back from Bali after her two weeks away so we’re looking forward to having a full side,” she said.
“Hopefully the team will be at full strength and keep charging along.”
MERRIGUM joined Lancaster and Tallygaroopna at the top of the ladder after beating Murchison-Toolamba to remain undefeated in 2018.
A five-goal first term for the Bulldogs proved the difference between the two sides as the margin stayed fairly constant throughout the contest — they went in to the first break up 5.0 (30) to 1.2 (8).
The second term proved to be a bit of a shootout as Murchison-Toolamba kicked four goals, however Merrigum was there to answer any questions, kicking five second-quarter goals of their own.
Both sides kicked six goals in the second half, as the Bulldogs finished 16.7 (103) to 11.6 (72) winners.
Tristan Fitzsimmons kicked a bag of four while Daniel Clarke and Josh Smith bagged three each.
David Matthews was impressive for the Bulldogs and Rohan Hearn also continued his strong form.
Merrigum will face Lancaster next weekend in what is set to be the match of the round. Both sides are undefeated and will be looking to continue their winning ways.
THREE quarters of good netball and coach says they’ve got work to do.
The Merrigum girls were let down by their third-quarter performance last weekend as they let Murchison-Toolamba get the lead, 44-33.
But coach Louise Richards says it’s nothing that can’t be fixed.
“It’s nothing we can’t work out and improve on. We just need to be improving our accuracy and our fitness,” she said.
A standout performance in goals was what got Allana Adams best on for the game and Richards said Adams is only bound to improve.
“Her accuracy was great and now it’s just about extending that and maintaining consistency throughout the game,” she said.
Youngster Anna Bray is becoming one to watch, putting in a solid effort across three quarters in wing defence.
Richards said the focus will be consistency because the girls are putting in some quality performances and finding some good passages down the court.
“Everyone is starting to get settled so we’re hoping to continue that and develop to play some consistent netball,” she said.
“In the last quarter we played an excellent game.”
This week the girls face off against Lancaster and Richards expects it’ll be close, but she’s counting on the team to come away with the win.
LANCASTER moved to 5-0 after a dominant away win over Rushworth.
Continuing the trend in a few of the matches this weekend, Lancaster got off to a roaring start.
They had 13 first-quarter scoring shots and registered seven goals to head into the break up 7.6 (48) to 1.2 (8).
There was no coming back for Rushworth after that disastrous start, as Lancaster kicked away to a 57-point half-time lead.
The Wombats kicked another 11 second-half goals to run out 22.20 (152) to 4.9 (33) winners.
Drew Barrett continued his good form since crossing from Kyabram with three goals.
Recruit Nathan Torney was once again impressive, while Tannar Cerrone played another good game.
The Wombats will be preparing for a solid hit-out this week when they take on fellow undefeated team Merrigum.
LAST week saw Bec Monk and Sophie Davies return to the court, with the girls getting an easy victory over Rushworth, 53-29.
Over the rounds Lancaster has been able to build on their performance from week to week and it’s showing on the scoreboard.
Co-coach Bec Monk said it’s testament to the team, who supported one another and held their own when push came to shove.
“We had some good defensive pressure through the midcourt which helped, as Rushworth were fairly accurate with their goals,” she said.
Co-coach Laura Thomson was best on for her efforts restricting the Rushworth goalers, playing in keeper and then goal defence in the second half.
Thompson, along with Reh Collyer, Bec Monk and Rima Owen-Horn made up the defensive side but Monk said there were no clear standouts in last week’s effort, saying the girls have begun to gell after the five rounds and put on some stellar performances.
“Overall it was just a good effort from everyone in defence and we were able to keep that pressure on them,” she said.
This week may be a bit challenging for Chelsea Nicholson as she’ll be facing her old side Merrigum but Monk said hopefully she can thrive in what could be an emotional game.
“Hopefully she can put in a strong performance and help the girls come away with a win, but it might be difficult,” she said.
“Last week was just a really solid team effort and hopefully we can keep building on that by shutting the opposition down from getting the ball so our goalers can get those and convert.
“We have some tough games coming up in a few weeks so this will be important for us.”