Wombats remain unbeaten

May 30, 2018

Girgarre's Ash Kirchhofer kicks for goal in his sides round seven clash with Merrigum.



LANCASTER celebrated Zac Cerrone’s 100th game and survived a second-quarter surge from Murchison-Toolamba to run out 13.13 (91) to 11.8 (74) winners and continue its unbeaten start to the year.

Lancaster had a dominant first term, consistently pumping the ball inside its attacking 50. However, the Wombats couldn’t make the most of their opportunities and went into the first break kicking just three majors from eight scoring shots.

Murchison kicked 2.1 to keep itself in the game, down by just 10 points.

The Grasshoppers came out in the second quarter with a deep desire to get themselves back in the game.

They kicked four second-quarter goals to Lancaster’s two, to head into the main break with a one-point lead.

The third term was dominated by the Wombats, who kicked four majors and kept the Grasshoppers to just one to open up a 17-point lead.

The difference would be the same when the final siren rang as both teams kicked 4.3 in the last term.

Cerrone was good in his milestone match, kicking four goals and named among his team’s best.

Michael Hill continued his strong season and recruit Nathan Torney was once again solid across half back.

The Wombats face Dookie United next week in what looms as a tough challenge to keep their winning streak alive.


WHILE it was a somewhat devastating loss, co-coach Bec Monk said it felt like a quality game of netball.

Going down to Murchison-Toolamba 33-64, the A graders’ first game after the break was a fair shake-up.

“Murchison-Toolamba just played really well so it’s a credit to them,” Monk said.

“It was a good game in terms of sportsmanship and the flow of play. Not taking into account the score it felt like a good quality game.”

Monk said last weekend gave the girls a fair idea on areas they need to work on.

“We need to work on our goaling accuracy and our drive down the court — Murchison-Toolamba converted and played really well across the court,” Monk said.

Monk was awarded best on after coming back from a couple of weeks off and Zoe Hayes gets a special mention for a good performance in centre.

Rima Owen-Horn slowed the goals for Murchison-Toolamba and was assisted in defence by Laura Thomson who held off the onslaught.

“Our defence was strong and now it’s just about working on our passages of play and attacking of the ball,” Monk said.

This weekend Lancaster take on Dookie in what Monk said will be the start of a challenging couple of weeks, however she’s remaining positive.

“They have some quality players and will definitely put a challenge to us so we’ll be working on what we learnt last week,” she said.

“It’ll be a tough game — we have a tough few weeks ahead so we’ll take those as an opportunity to improve on our performances.” Stanhope


STANHOPE demolished Violet Town by 131 points on Saturday, with Josh Evans kicking a bag of nine goals in his first game for the club.

Jye Patten played his 100th senior game for the club after coming through Stanhope’s junior ranks.

While Stanhope’s dominance was evident in the first term, it couldn’t make the most of its opportunities and headed into the first break just 15 points ahead.

What followed after the quarter-time break was nothing short of carnage.

The Lions kicked five majors in the second term, nine in the third term and eight in the last quarter.

Violet Town grew tired as the game wore on and allowed the Lions to kick away to the huge margin.

Alex O’Reilly, Lukas Hanslow and Jack Young were impressive for Stanhope, while Craig Emmett and Jorge Maxwell backed up their strong performances from last week with good outings.

Along with Evans’ bag of nine, Lucas White kicked four goals and Cobey Aynsley and Daniel Flynn kicked three each.

The win moves Stanhope up to third on the KDFL table, and with Avenel next week, it seems their climb will continue.


THE girls won by a mile but coach Kerrie Gray said it’s nothing to write home about.

Taking on a youthful Violet Town side, Stanhope came away with a 59-goal win, 87-28.

However the coach said it’s no use touting success over a side that is still gaining momentum.

“It was a good win but Violet Town is just rebuilding its senior netball side so they’re doing a really good job putting it all together,” Gray said.

Best on went to Emily Uhe in goals and Emma Hill but all the girls put in a solid effort for the four quarters.

“In a win like that everyone was pulling their weight across the court,” Gray said.

“We pulled together a good four quarters of netball and worked on putting our training into practice but the win was nothing to get excited about.”

This weekend the girls will be squaring up against the powerhouse that is Avenel, and they’re likely to be keen for a win after falling last weekend to Nagambie.

“They’ll be a strong side. They’re a very experienced team which will give us a challenge physically,” Gray said.

“It’ll be an exciting game though and I anticipate it’ll be a tightly contested match.

“We’re just continuing to build our connections and capitalise on getting turnovers. It’s all well and good to get the ball but we’ll be working on getting it to the post and scoring.” Merrigum


AFTER a promising start to the year that saw Merrigum at 5-0 and atop the KDFL ladder, the Bulldogs have now slipped to fifth with consecutive losses.

On the weekend the loss was at the hands of Girgarre.

The Bulldogs never really seemed in the match, a slow start led to an early buffer for the Roos and Merrigum could never chase it up.

Jack Sinclair was best for the Dogs, while Tom Cooper, Rohan Hearn and Josh Smith all continued some good form.

The loss means this weekend’s clash with Tallygaroopna could prove crucial.

If the Bulldogs lose, they could find themselves back in the pack with the rest of the competition.

Win — and they stay at the pointy end of the ladder.


THE girls came back from the break strong and managed to deliver a convincing win.

Taking on Girgarre at home, the Merrigum A graders showed their relatively young opposition how it’s done, winning 52-30.

But coach Louise Richards said it took a while for the team to snap out of holiday mode.

“We took our time getting settled in the first quarter and then we were even at half time, but we got out there and started playing our game in the end,” she said.

Anna Bray, who has stepped up this year from the junior ranks, got best on in wing defence for some good intercepts and having a strong presence on the court.

Allana Adams was second-best in goal attack for sterling accuracy and rebounds.

Coach said she was impressed with the development of the girls through the season and that it’s about finding a combination that flows down the court.

“We’re quite strong in defence and have a lot of options both ends — we just lack height overall,” Richards said.

“The main thing we have to work on is a balance of experience down the court, we have a lot of younger players and it’s important to be able to keep the spread even.”

This weekend the girls head to Tallygaroopna for what should be a tough contest.

“It’ll be a hard game this weekend and we’ll have to make sure we stick to our game plan and make use of our turnovers,” Richards said. Girgarre


GIRGARRE were just too strong for Merrigum on the weekend, leading all day to finish with a comfortable 51-point win.

The result pushes the Roos inside the top four, sitting with six wins from seven games.

Girgarre held Merrigum goal-less in the first term, and it could’ve been a whole lot uglier if the Roos had kicked straight.

They entered the first break having only booted two majors from eight scoring shots.

As the match wore on, Girgarre kicked away, and despite some resistance in the third term, the Bulldogs didn’t offer much of a fight.

For the Roos, Jake Hyland was good once again, while Michael Marrett continued his strong form.

Ashley Kirchhofer kicked three goals, with Rowan Priest and Ryan Jones kicking two apiece.

Girgarre will face Murchison-Toolamba next week as it looks to cement its spot inside the top four.


A WEEK off seems to have upset Girgarre’s roll.

Travelling to Merrigum last weekend the girls were unable to come away with a victory, 30-52.

Coach Chloe Kavanagh said the result has come down to a confidence issue.

“Our first quarter was unreal; we were leading 14-12. We were talking and doing the right things but in the second quarter that fell away and so did the girls’ confidence,” she said.

“After that we just couldn’t get back up.”

And how do you overcome it?

“It’s something which we need to work on as a team so we can keep communicating and support each other,” Kavanagh said.

“We had the skill to keep up with Merrigum but it was just about the consistency. It’s something you can’t tell people to do so we’ll be working on our communication through the four quarters.”

Best on went to Erin Potter who came on at half time and worked hard, Kylie Battle got the incentive award for finding good passages to the goal third in centre and Chloe Kavanagh put in a strong performance in wing attack.

This weekend the girls host Murchison-Toolamba who are coming off a convincing win against Lancy, and Kavanagh said it’s going to be tough.

“We know it’s going to be a challenge, all I want for this week is the girls to show they’re confident and have everyone talking on the court for more of the game,” she said.

“I’m not focused on coming away with a win, just to show we can sustain our efforts.”

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