13 May, 2024

Minyip Murtoa secure their first win of the season

Minyip Murtoa A Grade netballers have powered to their first win of the season, defeating the Warrack Eagles by eight points at Anzac Park in wet conditions.

By Chris Graetz

Stawell's Meg Walker defending Nhill's Emma Beer who scored 32 goals.
Stawell's Meg Walker defending Nhill's Emma Beer who scored 32 goals.

The Burras handled the conditions best, getting off to a fast start leading by six goals at quarter time and maintained a similar margin throughout the match to win 44-36.

Kirby Knight was brilliant up forward with 28 goals whilst Lucy Brand with 16 was one of their other better players with Matilda Griffiths excellent down back.

Coach Kirby Knight said the girls were awesome in the wet conditions.

"It was a tough match, and it was wet and slippery as well, so we managed to settle into the conditions early," Knight said.

"It was a contested match throughout. Players were playing like it wasn't wet which made it interesting but we got out to a lead, kept our heads and made changes when required and our defensive pressure was amazing.

"I couldn't commend the girls enough. We were able to get turnovers and capitalise on our opportunities and everyone played their role."

Lucy Brand was awarded their best on the court award after being elevated from B-grade and Knight praised her work.

"Lucy had been playing nice netball in the goal end and she is a versatile player and we had a different look in attack and she played well," Knight said.

"She led all day, was strong at the ball and played her role well and she was also accurate, so credit to her for coming up in a tough game and playing well.

"Matilda Griffiths was excellent down back and she talked from the get-go and communicated well and was also getting those turnovers from defence."

For the Eagles, Sarah Marchment scored 13 goals with Ashlynn McKenzie and Leiah McKenzie solid through the centre and wing defence respectively.

Nhill has solid victory over Stawell

Nhill moved to third on the ladder following a 12-goal win over Stawell at Central Park. It was a tight first quarter with neither team giving an inch with Nhill taking a slender four-goal lead into halftime.

The Tigers then got on top in the second half to run out 50-38 winners. Emma Beer was brilliant for the Tigers with 32 goals.

For Stawell, Ayva Mitchell continues her excellent season up forward with another 21 goals whilst Madi Taylor and Courtney McIlvride were again solid through the midcourt.

Saints continue to roll

Forty-six goals to Jorja Clode have led the Saints to another comfortable victory, this time a 30-goal win over the Southern Mallee Thunder at Hopetoun.

The Saints got off to a flying start to lead by eight at quarter time and extending that margin to 14 at halftime.

A 16-goal to four third quarter saw them take a 26-goal lead into three-quarter time where they then ran out 59-29 winners.

Elly Barnett was excellent down back with Ashlee Grace brilliant through the centre, continuing her good season as one of the best players in the competition.

Steph Thomson scored 19 goals for the Thunder with Abby White excellent in defence and Codie Robins great through the midcourt.

Horsham hands Dimboola their first loss of the season

The Horsham Demons continued their good season with an 18-point win over Dimboola at Horsham City Oval.

The Demons got a 10-goal lead early and then held that margin to halftime whilst extending it in the second half.

Georgia Batson scored 22 goals in the win with Imogen Worthy chipping in with 21 and Tahlia Thompson best on the court with an electric game.

For Dimboola, Ashlee Morrish and Nicole Polycarpou both scored 12 goals with Madidson Marra excellent for them through the midcourt.


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