Robe goes up a gear under pressure

Robe managed to escape with the premiership points after a closely fought with Mount Burr Mid South Eastern Netball Association contest on Saturday.

The Mozzies took to the court with quite a few positional changes, one being usual defender Madi Haggett into goal attack which helped Ebony Clark score the first goal as both teams started strongly.

Robe’s Lucy Perkins and Annie Hunter in the centre provided opportunities for goalies Sarah Laurie and Tori Gluyas to maximise opportunities to score.

Mount Burr applied strong defensive pressure and Clark’s confidence and Haggett’s standing opened a two-goal lead.

The teams went goal for goal after the break with the Mozzies maintaining their small lead, but come the third term, the Roosters made their move.

Robe’s wing defence Halle Carter made some valuable intercepts as the defence pressure stepped up.

Suddenly the scores were level and they remained locked until Roosters’ goal defence Grant intercepted a pass into the Burr goal circle.

Robe hit the lead by working the ball down the court to score and quickly increased the lead to six goals by three-quarter time after great watching by Ellen Ramke.

This forced Mount Burr to bring in 17 and Under youngster Maddie Gamble on which allowed the hosts to more fluently move the ball down the court to score.

Meanwhile Gluyas and Laurie shot with accuracy at the other end and were well supported by Hunter and Perkins positioned on the circle to help Robe collect an important nine-goal win.

Port MacDonnell v Hatherleigh

Hatherleigh became just the second club to visit Port MacDonnell this season, in what was predicted to be a close game.

Despite the wet and slippery conditions, the rivals came out firing and played tight netball.

The battle through the middle was one to watch as the Bay’s Liza Mutch and Hatherleigh’s Tegan Telfer fought tenaciously.

Hatherleigh goalies Abby Wight and Maddie Redman challenged Alana Winter and Kirby Carrison, but the Demons’ defenders responded quickly and worked to limit their opportunities to gain a narrow one-goal lead.

Wight shot with impeccable accuracy which limited Winter and Carrison’s rebounding opportunities in the second term and the Bay benefitted having experienced goalie, Toni Gilmore, on court.

Hatherleigh’s Erin Watson ran tirelessly through the centre and with support from Telfer, guided their excellent transition throughout the court to stay in front on the scoreboard.

It was still anyone’s game at the beginning of the second half, but Wight was still unstoppable under the ring.

Winter did keep Pulmer scoreless for the quarter but Hatherleigh made the most of all opportunities to take a four-goal lead into the final term.

Demi Vanderhorst brought fresh legs into defence and forecd a couple of early turnovers.

Hatherleigh’s defensive pressure and fast court transition was too good for the Bay and ultimately won them the game by just five goals.

Kalangadoo v Tantanoola

Kalangadoo hosted Tantanoola in the annual Indigenous Round and both teams tussled early, going goal for goal.

Tantanoola’s Emma Gould was a focal point in the goal circle for her side and was fed precisely by wing attack Casey Walker.

Kalangadoo took mid-way through the quarter to develop momentum but went into the first break with a four-goal advantage.

In the second quarter the Kalangadoo defence of Lauren Kain and Reanna Wetherall stepped up their pressure and gave their goalies plenty of opportunities to convert.

Sophie Wrightson worked hard to limit Walker’s feeding opportunities and created turnovers for the Magpies to establish a 10-goal lead at the main break.

Both teams remained unchanged going into the third quarter which saw Tantanoola’s defence of Kate Bromley and Tayla Rowe make Kalangadoo goalies, Kori Collins and Abbey Duncan, earn every possession.

Kalangadoo’s Kirsty Egan at wing attack was able to find space and feed her goalies accurately to extend the lead during a composed second half.

At the conclusion of the match Kalangadoo’s Jayde Peacock was awarded the Brennan Family Indigenous Medal after a fine performance in the 68-47 win.

Kongorong v Glencoe

Glencoe showed its strength to overcome a young Hawks side at home.

Both sides went hard at the ball early but the Murphies settled first with Donna Jaeschke the star.

With the Hawks looking nervous in the first quarter, Glencoe was able to capitalise and take a 14 goal lead heading into the first break.

The rain did not back off in the second term as Jenna Paproth for the Murphies and Sarah Lucas for the Hawks battled hard in the circle.

Kongorong settled in the second quarter, being able to slightly curb the influence of the strong Glencoe outfit but their hard work could not convert to the scoreboard with Glencoe pushing their lead out by a further seven goals.

The defensive pressure lifted all over for Kongorong, not giving Glencoe any easy ball as Kate Wright worked overtime.

But Sarah Edwards found another gear in goal defence, leading the Murphies to outscore the Hawks 21 to 9 as they worked the ball down court fast and accurately.

As the poor conditions did not ease up Glencoe ran away with a 77-29 win.

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