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Hills A-grade details
Ironbank Green 56 d Heathfield 29
Uraidla 46 d Crafers 29
Mylor 45 d Bridgewater 28
Ironbank Gold 66 d Summertown 37
Ironbank’s two-team attack on the 2015 Hills
A-grade netball campaign was launched in
successful fashion in last Saturday’s Round
This season the Thunderettes are fielding Green and
Gold combinations, with both notching up wins.
A netball court bathed in sunshine at Cherry Gardens
greeted Heathfield’s return to A-grade ranks in a clash
against Ironbank Green.
The entire first half was quite a physical contest, but
this was particularily evident in the inital 10 minutes of
Heathfield’s players pressed hard for every
interception possible and there was pressure on every
pass from both sides.
No goals had been scored until the five-minute mark
of the quarter when Ali Morton opened the scoring for
The midcourt pressure from Heathfield’s Brooke
Trevena, Ellen Maple, Monique Quaziz and Grace
Sawley made transition from defense to attack for
Ironbank at times near impossible, and Heathfield
skipped to a 4-1 lead.
Only defensive pressure from Ironbank’s Caitlin
Graham, Catie Briggs and Brittany Harmer prevented
Heathfield from skipping away.
Slowly Ironbank started to get more run through its
midcourt where the speed of Tayla Stapledon and
Danii Gillies was telling.
Goal attack Lauren Hegarty presented more up court
and Hannah Lauter was ever present at goal shooter.
Ironbank fought back, but the visitors held a slight 9-8
advantage at the first change.
More of the same pressure was unleashed during the
Sawley teamed well with Morton in Heathfield’s
offence and Charlotte Maca-Petersen was ever
present at wing attack.
It was a fluctuating quarter with the score tight for the
most part, and it was only in the last few minutes that
Ironbank pulled away to establish a 22-17 lead at half-
The frenetic pressure of the first half seemed to
dissipate a little during the third quarter.
Ironbank moved Hegarty from goal attack to goal
keeper to quell the influence of Morton, and the
introduction of Kelsey Fotheringham to goal attack
seemed to give Ironbank more space and time to
move the ball into the circle, although any miss
from Ironbank’s shooters was quickly rebounded by
Heathfield’s Eloise Foote and Ashleigh Henderson.
A good running quarter by Ironbank increased the
authority to 36-25 at three-quarter time.
The warm conditions and the fast paced first half may
have taken a toll on Heathfield, with Ironbank Green
withstanding the pressure and eventually comfortably
running away 56-29 at the final whistle.
The first game of the season at Summertown was
a belated Anzac clash between last season’s grand
finalists, Summertown and Ironbank Gold.
Kingsley Paul from the Lobethal RSL welcomed the
teams to the court to mark the beginning of the game
which would be played in honor of those who fought
bravely and sacrificed for Australia.
While the two teams faced off in a fierce battle in
the 2014 grand final, this season’s new line up at
Summertown was just as eager to take the court.
Ironbank settled into the game quickly, capitalising
on its height in the goal ring with Jade Stannard and
Lauren Wright shooting well, putting Ironbank to an
11-point lead at quarter time.
The second quarter featured Ironbank starting
strongly again and forcing turnovers with midcourt
pressure, but by the half-time break Summertown had
settled and begun to dominate down the court.
Excellent flow facilitated by centre Anna Vickery and
goal defender Caitlin Sullivan enabled Summertown to
make the most of all the opportunities heading into the
After the major break, the game continued with the
same consistency, the fast pace ensuring all players
At the final change, Ironbank led by 22 goals,
although Summertown worked hard under the hot sun,
enthused by its dedicated band of supporters.
An excellent tussle developed between two hard and
fast players, Summertown wing attack Jade Carter and
Ironbank wing defender Kim Price and both displayed
dedication until the final whistle.
Ironbank Gold took out the game convincingly 66-
37, but Summertown’s A-grade debutante midcourter
Carter had the honour of being named the recipient of
the Constance J. Bonython medal for producing Anzac
spirit in a fantastic, fast game played in good spirit and
in remembrance of the Anzacs.
Crafers and Uraidla launched the season against
each other in unseasonably warm conditions at
Crafers last Saturday.
Uraidla got off to a flying start with some cohesive
team play and excellent ball movement as the Demons
tore away from a struggling Crafers side.
Uraidla goal keeper Mel Hunter made life tough for
the Crafers goalies as they struggled to find the ring
and Uraidla led 14-3 at the first break.
Uraidla strengthened its lead during the second
quarter, creating many turnovers through excellent
defence with wing defender Jo Cox taking some great
Crafers started to come together towards the end of
the second term but Uraidla had capitalised on Crafers
poor start to lead by 20 goals at half-time.
The second half of the game was in stark contrast to
the first as Crafers found form and used the ball much
Wing defender Meghan Taylor worked tirelessly,
providing Crafers with drive out of defence and back
up in attack.
Crafers goal shooter Simone Genoese overcame
her initial troubles against the strength and height of
Hunter to move more effectively in the circle which
opened up the Crafers attack.
The Crafers defenders teamed up to combat the
dominance of Uraidla goal shooter Steph Say and
made scoring more difficult for the Demons.
Cherry ripe start to season
While Crafers didn’t manage to dent Uraidla’s lead,
it went into last break having won the third quarter by
a goal and played with renewed passion in the final
Brigid Daly shot well for Crafers while both teams
defence worked hard in the fourth quarter, creating
turnovers for their teams.
It was definitely a game of two halves and while
Crafers couldn’t rein in the lead Uraidla had created
in the first, the second proved to be a tightly contested
match with Uraidla winning by 17 goals.
Mylor Black Magic hosted Bridgewater and nerves
in both teams were present as the opening game got
Both teams were strong from the start with scores
even at quarter time.
The centre court fought hard for possession, with an
even contest between Mylor’s Bee Rigby and Jo Virgo
resulting in a spectacular deflection but unfortunately
with a devastating consequence for Mylor’s dedicated
The second quarter found Mylor coming out strongly,
helped along by flawless accuracy from goal shooter
Lauren De Fazio, however, Bridgewater’s strong
defence led by Ellen Daly, made goals hard to come
By half-time Mylor had taken the lead by a convincing
10 goals, due mostly to a strong defence of Emma
Schumacher, Rachelle De Fazio and Clara Germein.
The third quarter featured a change in defence for
Bridgewater, Amy Kotz coming into goal defence and
Tamala Suroharjo slotting into goal keeper, hoping to
shut down Mylor’s efficient attack line.
However, this didn’t phase Brittany Haussen, getting
her eye in and sinking some stellar long bombs, and
helping Mylor to a 34-18 lead at three-quarter time.
Bridgewater came back hard in the fourth quarter
with Josie Saddler providing crucial intercepts and
consistent drive down court, working well with goal
attack Katrina Wall.
Mylor’s midcourters Amy Irrgang and Leah Buckley
were up to the challenge maintaining possession
under the extra pressure.
After the final whistle from the umpire, Mylor came
away with a convincing 45-28 win.
The game started slowly, as both teams settled into
a new season, however, Ironbank Green gained the
early ascendancy against Stirling Comets with a two-
goal lead at the end of the first quarter.
The following two quarters were very even, as Stirling
gradually worked its way into the game, and scores
were level on 22 apiece at three-quarter time.
In the final quarter Ironbank Green settled quickly,
and the calm shooting of Kate-Lee Paget and Meg
Beaty was the difference in the end.
Comets defenders Georgina Watts and Kate Johnson
fought hard, and the midcourt players, especially Bella
Semola and Alice Taylor, battled strongly all match.
Ironbank’s defence stood firm, with Mel Womersley
and Meg Berry making shooting difficult for Stirling
rivals Chloe Berry and Sophie McTaggart as Ironbank
Green were a deserving 34-29 victor.
Under 17 Division 1
A fast paced game between Aldgate and Uraidla
ended in a nail-biting 44-all draw.
The teams were evenly matched during the first
quarter, but the astonishing shooting by Uraidla goal
shooter Emily Tickner and goal attack Lara Clothier
had their team leading 27-18 at half-time.
Aldgate’s Ayla Rodriguez in the first half and
Abbey Goodwin in the second, provided some stiff
competition for Uraidla’s outstanding centre Rosie
Uraidla goal defender Claire Pitchford and goal
keeper Emma Fogarty rebounded strongly throughout
the game, with Pitchford also providing vital support
Aldgate clawed back some ground by half-time to
move within four goals of Uraidla with intense pressure
and remarkable rebounds by Aldgate goal defender
Ella Janes and goal keeper Mackenzie Revitt.
The large crowd of supporters for both teams,
became louder as the intense battle took the ball
swiftly up and down the court.
Both teams celebrated the draw after a hard fought,
exciting game to commence the new season.
Ironbank Gold registered a good 29-19 win over
Heathfield to launch into 2015.
After a slow start, the Ironbank girls came together
as a team and won the final three terms to ultimately
It was a promising opening to the season, particularly
as it was the first time a number of the girls had played
Under 15 Divison 2
On a remarkably sunny day both Uraidla and
Piccadilly defended well, leaving Piccadilly with a
three-goal lead at the first change.
During the second quarter there were some very
good intercepts by Piccadilly wing defender Sophie
Emsley, and Uraidla goal defender Imogen Nash and
wing defender Bridget Johanson.
Piccadilly made major position changes for the third
quarter, however, Uraidla started exceptionally well
with a run of goals.
Piccadilly momentarily caught up as goal attack
Esther Barnard shot some incredible long goals.
Goal keeper Victoria Beare and goal defender Sara
Grear were consistent with their lightning intercepts.
There was some good teamwork in the attacking
circle of Uraidla by goal attack Aliyah Harvey and goal
shooter Tara Parker and the Demons were ahead
by four goals at three-quarter time.
As goal shooter in the fourth term, Piccadilly’s
Victoria Broadfoot provided some good rebounds.
A mighty effort by Piccadilly managed six goals
and Uraidla scored only three in the fourth quarter.
Despite perseverance and hard work from
wing attack Brianna Grosvenor and centre Leah
Geraghty, Uraidla won the match 19-18.
Under 13 Division 3
Ironbank stamped its authority on the match
against Piccadilly in the opening minutes, with
newcomer Willow Homersham at goal attack
making a seamless transition to netball from
basketball, shooting eight goals in the first quarter
to Piccadilly’s one.
There was some assertive goal defence from
Luke Stevens and Mikhala Sharrad.
Piccadilly wing defender Lucy Steele-Scott had
an excellent game, keeping up the pressure on
Ironbank’s wing attack and making some excellent
leads for the ball, as did Piccadilly goal shooter
Both teams made changes in the third quarter
and Ironbank’s goal run slowed with good defence
from Piccadilly, and there were more chances at
Ironbank’s intercepts were fierce and it came
back strongly in the fourth quarter to complete a
In a tight first half, Aldgate and Uraidla both
moved the ball well.
Aldgate had to work hard to get past a strong
Uraidla defence, but persistence paid off as
Aldgate improved its work rate, managing to get
the ball consistently into the ring.
Uraidla came out firing in the second half and
attacked the ball with vigor and its defence
continued to make it hard for the Aldgate
At the other end of the court Aldgate’s defence
tightened - the defenders jumping and throwing
themselves at every pass.
Along with some great midcourt drive, this
enabled Aldgate to record a 16-6 triumph.
Under 11 Division 3
The Stirling Comets Division 3 team defeated
All the girls on both teams came out for the first
game of the season with excitement and a great
The Ironbank girls never gave up and there
was great sportsmanship on both sides.
Stirling Comets displayed great determination
and encouraged each other, which resulted in
fantastic goal shooting.
Mylor centre Amy Irrgang (left) rises for a high ball over team-mate goal shooter
Lauren De Fazio and Bridgewater counterpart Katrina Wall in last Saturday’s
Round 1 Hills A-grade netball clash at Mylor which the home team won in
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