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Hills A-grade details
Bridgewater claimed its first victory of the 2015
Hills A-grade netball campaign with a tight 38-
35 result over Summertown in last Saturday’s
Round 2 clash.
After losing last season’s preliminary final to Summertown,
the Raiders appeared determined to come out firing, as
both teams started well with tight defence at both ends of
the court leaving little room for error in attack.
The first half featured an evenly balanced contest with
strong driving attack from Bridgewater wing attack Katrina
Wall which allowed goalies Rachel Wood and Jo Virgo
to find their range, assisting the Raiders to a five-goal
advantage at half-time.
Josie Saddler moved to wing defence for Bridgewater
in the third term and made an instant impact, making a
number of deflections.
Anna Vickery worked at centre for the Tigers and provided
good drive and defensive pressure down the court as the
game fluctuated during an evenly balanced stanza.
Summertown produced a strong fourth quarter as goal
defender Kellie Hunter worked tirelessly.
Hunter was able to turn the ball over on numerous
occasions, and through quick ball movement in midcourt,
goal attack Lauren Osborne capitalised.
The Tigers closed the deficit back, but the determined
Bridgewater team were able to hold on and take victory
by three goals.
Ironbank Gold registered another comprehensive victory
as it downed visiting Crafers 63-34.
In cool and windy conditions, Crafers were quick to get
the first goals of the game on the board, with goal shooter
Simone Genovese and Brigid Daly combining well in the
circle and shooting with accuracy.
Ironbank kicked into gear during the second half of the
opening quarter, with precision passing from wing attack
Sarah Holdernesse into goal shooter Steph Fotheringham
and goal attack Jade Stannard, who also shot with
After Ironbank led 12-7 at the first break, the Thunderettes
increased their defensive pressure in the second quarter,
with goal defender Claire Roach and goal keeper Catie
Briggs creating multiple turnovers, with the support from
wing defender Kim Price and centre Brianna McGee.
When Crafers created the turnover, it was made difficult
for it to attack with defensive pressure from Stannard,
Holdernesse and McGee down the court.
The team pressure from Ironbank helped create a 29-14
advantage at the main break.
Tori Ludlow at centre was a stand out for Crafers,
continuing to pressure her opponent whenever she had
The Thunderettes continued to make their presence
known, with players across the whole court playing their
part to ensure as many scoring opportunities as possible.
Ironbank extended its lead to 20 goals heading into the
Ironbank Gold continued its ascendancy in the closing
stanza and pulled away for a 29-goal margin.
Ironbank Green also retained its undefeated status when
it outlasted Uraidla 39-22 in blustery and wet conditions at
The court was wet and slippery and both teams proceeded
with caution during the first quarter.
Bridgewater 38 (E. Daly) d
Summertown 35 (K. Hunter)
Mylor 38 (R. DeFazio) d Heathfield
Ironbank Gold 63 (J. Stannard)
d Crafers 34 (T. Ludlow)
Ironbank Green 39 (K. Fotheringham)
d Uraidla 22 (B. Frith)
Vengeful win for Raiders
Uraidla were probably too cautious, only scoring three
goals in the term to 14 by the visitors.
Goal shooter Hannah Lauter and goal attack Kelsey
Fotheringham were both confident and accurate for
Ironbank Green, and wing attack Danni Gilles and centre
Tayla Stapledon fed the ball well.
Defenders Lauren Hegarty and Brittany Harnier made it
tough work for Uraidla to get the ball into the circle.
During the second quarter Uraidla picked up some steam
with centre Bethany Frith running the ball through the court
well and Janelle Parker finding her range at goal shooter.
However, the scoreline was still grim for the Demons at
half-time, trailing 27-10.
With the sky clearing slightly and the court drying, the
third quarter was more tightly contested with Ironbank
adding six goals while Uraidla scored three.
Uraidla made a change at goal attack with Nicole
Lancaster entering the ring and a switch of Dannie
McDonald from goal defender to wing attack – combined
with the new defensive team of Lara Clothier and Mel
Hunter – made a difference at both ends of the court.
Ironbank Green still remained a well-oiled machine and
centre Caitlin Graham was busy running the ball back and
forth as turnover after turnover occurred at both ends.
Facing a 20-goal deficit heading into the final quarter,
Uraidla dug deep with Joanne Cox grabbing some loose
balls and conversions coming through accurate shooting
by Steph Say. The fourth quarter was won 9-6 by Uraidla,
but an overall convincing win went to an experienced
Ironbank Green combination.
Ironbank defeated Crafers by 26 goals in an entertaining
Crafers began strongly with accurate shooting from Elissa
Argue and Kate Sautner helping establish a three-goal
lead, but the home team soon found rhythm to take a four-
goal advantage to the first break.
The second quarter continued in a similar trend for
Ironbank, with Michelle Hegarty and Liz Maciunas
constantly finding the net, resulting in an 11-goal lead to
Ironbank at half-time.
The second half featured some shuffling of positions for
Lisa Ambler took over at goal attack for Ironbank and
was accurate in her shooting efforts, ably assisted by wing
attack Julie Pringle.
Rachel Masters of Crafers and Ironbank’s Nicole Moxham
fought hard for possession through the midcourt, however,
Ironbank’s consistency across the court resulted in a 49-
23 win for the home team.
Under 17 Division 2
Ironbank Green were defeated 45-17
by Piccadilly in a match played in wet
Both teams struggled to cope with the
slippery ball and court surface and, after a
Round 1 bye, Ironbank’s lack of match play
began to tell.
Zoe Hilton and Matilda Hilton adapted
well to the changeable weather to keep
possession and convert into goals, while at
the other end Ashley Platt proved to be a
useful goal shooter for Ironbank.
Maddison Mundy and Amilia Johnson
worked hard through the midcourt for
Piccadilly, while Rachael Harrison, Zoe
O’Callaghan and Claire Moxham put in a
solid effort for Ironbank.
However, Piccadilly’s ability to catch and
maintain possession of the ball, accuracy
in goals and low error rate proved the
difference, with the visitors winning
Under 15 Division 2
The second game of the season between
Stirling Comets and Aldgate started off
goal-for-goal with accurate shooting by
Aldgate’s Anna Evans and Zoe Watson.
Katie Vanstone and Jade Henry kept the
pressure on in the goal ring, keeping scores
equal after the first quarter.
The second quarter proved to be a great
contest through midcourt with both centres
Imogen Lester and Bryana Eden feeding
the ball to reliable attackers, Zoe Witowske
for Aldgate and Sophie Sampson and
Lauren House of the Comets.
Goal defender Mary Jones and Annabel
McLachlan displayed strength in Aldgate’s
defence against Stirling goalie Charlotte
Alder, helping Aldgate to a six-goal lead at
Chelsea Thomas was consistant in wing
defence despite the efforts in midcourt
through Brooke Dempsey and Nikhita
Aldgate dominated the second half to run
out with a 29-9 victory.
Under 11 Division 2
Piccadilly were off to a flying start in the
match against neighboring Uraidla with
great shooting from Annabel Basford and
Emma Dewhurst, despite the horrible winter
weather conditions at the Uraidla courts.
Uraidla centre player Sophie Elliot-Mitchell
and Piccadilly counterpart Jamie Giles
were a great match up as they both used
speed down the court.
The strong combination of Anna Stewart
and Poppee Kraft in the Piccadilly defence
gave the visitors a 4-2 lead at half-time.
Uraidla came out firing in the third quarter
with excellent defence in the circle from
Maddy Noske and Jessie Hazell, together
with great back up from wing defender
Uraidla wing attack Shamiah Harnas
worked hard against Piccadilly wing
defender Jada Puglisi.
Great movement by Uraidla’s goalies
Caitlin Monteleone and Emily Feinle-Bisset
made life hard for Piccadilly defender
Heading into the last term with a 7-5 lead,
Uraidla centre Katerina Camm did some
great dodging to get down the court to
assist Ruby Kuster-Sinclair in goals.
Piccadilly’s wing attack Katelin May made
sure she was free for each centre pass.
Following an excellent game from both
teams, Uraidla claimed an 11-7 win.
Aldgate and Summertown faced a wet and
windy match last Saturday.
The early lead went to Aldgate with some
good shooting by Isla Scruby.
Summertown the matched goal for goal,
with some great leads and shooting by Mia
Aldgate led throughout the match with
some resilient defence by Lucinda Smith
preventing Summertown from scoring.
Aldgate had the lead by one goal heading
into the final siren and were able to maintain
the margin until the final whistle.
Ironbank Gold goal attack Jade Stannard (right) prepares to claim a high
possession ahead of Crafers goal keeper Tonia Brown in Saturday’s
Round 2 Hills A-grade netball fixture. Stannard was a leading contributor
as Ironbank Gold stormed to a convincing 63-34 victory over the visitors.
Ironbank Gold goal shooter Steph Fotheringham (left) presents toward an incoming pass as
Thunderettes team-mate Brianna McGee (obscured) and Crafers wing defender Meghan Taylor lurk
on the edge of the circle during the opening term of Saturday’s Hills A-grade netball match.
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