Sport

Strathmerton puts in four-quarter display

By Cobram Courier

A-grade

Strathmerton d Rennie 57-41

It was definitely the first real cold and windy day Strathmerton netballers have faced this Picola and District Netball League season.

It did not seem to bother the girls and, with instructions simple, players were told to keep the ball low and drive strongly to the ball to keep possession in this weather.

It was an awesome four quarters of netball on display.

The defensive pressure and talk across the court was the side’s biggest winner, creating many turnovers, which the goalers were able to score from.

The side keeps building each as a team and even with a few girls, the juniors have been able to step up with ease and fill the gaps.

Awards: Kelley Laidlaw (Keep Active Osteopathy), Grace Thomson (Strathy Pub)

B grade

Strathmerton lost to Rennie 26-28

What a great start. Strathmerton came out firing and wanting the ball.

It was close the whole game with the score even in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, before Rennie slipped away and scored two goals before the final whistle.

It was a tough game against strong opponents but the girls did not stop working hard and kept their heads up in the consistent, four-quarter performance.

Cannot be disappointed with the efforts considering Rennie is ladder and Strathmerton is 11th.

The side is improving each week and is closing in on a win.

Awards: Joy Maher, Jess Bailey and Amy Martin.

C-grade

Strathmerton lost to Rennie 33-22

The girls really pulled together as a team.

The passage of play and working the ball down the court has shown a massive improvement from the past few weeks.

The girls are continuing to use all the skills and game play work from training and putting into the real thing.

Continue to work hard at training and put in 100 per cent each week. Very proud of everyone and their efforts today.

Awards: Steph Osicka (Strathy Pub) Emmerson Van Der Berg (Strathy Cafe) Georgia McKay (Supreme Meats).

C-reserve

Strathmerton lot to Rennie 35-21

It was a good start to the game for Strathmerton and the girls tried their hardest to keep up with Rennie’s great side.

The second quarter was a slight down fall, leaving the side with a few goals to chase.

The second saw the side calm and collected and struck back, coming away with a 14-goal loss.

It was a strong performance and everyone was proud of how the side played.

Awards: Elly Burley (Strathy Pub), Katie Stokes (Ambience Bakery Cafe).

Under-17s

Strathmerton d Rennnie 51- 20

On a cold and windy morning, it took the girls a quarter or so to settle.

Strathmerton has such a versatile team and made lots of different and new changes, with players adapting well to all the changes.

Tea Slatterie played an amazing game and put in a solid four quarters.

Macey Cogram was thrown into goals and she starred. Well done girls, let’s start putting in a solid four quarters.

Awards: Tea Slatterie (money), Macey Cogram (Strathy Cafe).

Under-15s

Strathmerton lost to Rennnie 34-12

Strathmerton came up against a very strong Rennie side in some cold and windy conditions.

A sluggish start put Strathy behind at the first break and the side was unable to close the gap.

Just some basic errors let the side down, but players stuck it out for four quarters and never dropped their heads.

The defenders worked tirelessly in the final quarter to create turnovers and send the ball back down the attacking end.

Awards: Tahlia Woodland (Subway).

Under-13s

Strathmerton lost to Rennie 18-9

It was a fantastic start and the side was a goal up at the first break, but unfortunately Rennie turned it up scoring in the second, scoring 7-1.

Strathmerton struggled to make it up the rest of the game against a well-oiled side.

Players finished the game with their heads held high. Keep up the hard work.

Awards: Tahlia Muller ($10 Laidlaw Electrical), Sienna Ross (Subway), Dakota Kelly (Strathy Cafe).

Minis

The minis played really well.

The side will continue to work on passing and getting in front at training, but the side had some great passages of play, some impressive intercepts and most importantly, lots of smiles.

Awards: Ella Wood (Strathy Cafe), Lily Graham (Hands on Nutrition), Tamika Muller (Subway).