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Ironbank’s two A-grade teams squared off for
bragging rights and pride in Saturday’s third
round of Hills Netball Association competition.
Pre-match was somewhat strange for the players, at times
an eerie silence surrounded both team’s warm-ups, only to
be broken by nervous giggles and friendly banter between
The first quarter was full-paced and frenetic, both teams
displaying great defensive pressure and every turnover
The match ups of Ironbank Gold’s Kim Price against Danni
Gillis, Claire Roach on Kelsey Fotheringham, and goal
keeper Lauren Wright against Green opponent Hannah
Lauter were all pivotal.
The intense pressure of Ironbank Gold made it difficult for
Ironbank Green to find clean passes into the shooters, and
any missed shots were quickly moved down court.
The athletic brilliance of both Gold shooters in Steph
Fotheringham and Jade Stannard made hard work for
Green defenders Brittany Harmer and Mel Walsh.
Amazing accuracy by the pair helped Gold skip out to an
11-goal lead at the quarter time break.
Following the intriguing first quarter battle between rival
centres Tayla Stapledon and Bree McGee, Gold moved
Sarah Holdernese into the centre against Stapledon, and
McGee to wing attack.
Green wing defender Caitlin Graham already had staged
a tight duel with Holdernese in the first quarter, and the
hard running McGee would not allow Graham any rest at
At the end of a tough first half, Gold still led and were
controlling the game.
In the third quarter Gold moved Wright from defence
to attack, and this seemed to allow Green goal
shooter Hannah Lauter a little more movement in the
Fotheringham’s constant hard work, movement and
accurate shooting allowed Green to gain some some
scoring momentum in the third term.
The sting had gone out of the game in the final term with
Gold eventually registering a comfortable 64-37 margin at
the final whistle.
Bridgewater chalked up a second successive victory when
it outlasted hosting Crafers 45-34 in excellent conditions
Both teams started well with an even first quarter being
The Crafers goalies struggled at times shooting into the
sun and were forced to work the ball around to enable a
Locked at 10-all, the teams went into the first break of
what was promising to be a tightly contested match.
Bridgewater came out firing in the second quarter and
quickly built themselves a lead, capitalising on turnovers
from the defensive end.
Raiders wing defender Josie Sadler was inspirational in
taking numerous intercepts and roaming dangerously in
Crafers attack line.
Excellent shooting from goal shooter Rachel Wood
assisted Bridgewater toward a nine-goal advantage at
Crafers steadied somewhat in the third quarter with
Simone Genovese shooting well, while Remy Bycroft –
back in pink after a few year’s absence from the game –
displayed her class with some excellent feeding into the
The Raiders extended their lead slightly despite some
hard work from the Crafers defenders and led by 12 goals
at the final break.
A determined effort by Crafers during the fourth quarter
ensured an evenly played contest.
Tamala Suroharjo worked tirelessly as goal keeper for
Bridgewater, while at the other end Tonia Brown and Josie
Teteris teamed up in an attempt to stop Wood’s dominance
in front of goal.
However, Crafers were unable to claw back the lead, and
Bridgewater finished ahead by 11 goals.
Uraidla also recorded a second win for the 2015 campaign
after downing Mylor Black Magic 36-22.
Both teams began with positions matched up equally
as Lara Clothier and Amy Irrgang competed for the ball
passionately in Mylor’s attacking goal circle, when fed by
Mylor’s Tish Windie’s accurate and direct passing.
Mylor commenced the second quarter in front by two
goals, which Uraidla turned around to lead by two at half-
time through accurate shooting by Nicole Lancaster and
Leah Buckley of the Blacks provided strong leads for
periods of concise play through the centre court.
The third quarter featured positional changes in the Mylor
team, which altered the pace of the game.
The Demons adapted quickly and capitalised, with clear
leading through the centre court, to be ahead at three-
quarter time by six goals.
During the final quarter, both teams were equally
competitive and defensive, but Uraidla’s accurate shooting
ensured that the Demons finished with a strong win.
Last season’s grand finalist Summertown opened its
account with a 45-38 triumph over newly promoted
Heathfield at Tregarthen Reserve in Summertown.
Both the Tigers and Heathfield came searching for a
maiden win and it was goal for goal for a large part of the
first quarter, as both teams found it hard to break the pace
and get ahead.
Defensive pressure from Summertown’s Kellie Hunter and
Caitlin Sullivan forced some turnovers and the Tigers led
by four goals at the first change.
Both teams felt the effects of the heat by the second
quarter as excellent flow down court for both teams kept
up the pace.
Heathfield midcourters Ellen Maple and Brooke Trevena,
and Summertown duo Donna Schubert and Jade Carter
maintained the speed and pressure down court.
Bridgewater 45 (J. Sadlier) d Crafers 34
Ironbank Gold 64 (L. Wright) d
Ironbank Green 37 (C. Graham)
Uraidla 36 (M. Hunter) d Mylor 22 (P. Windle)
Summertown 45 (K. Hunter) d Heathfield 38
Golden reward in derby
As Heathfield trailed by five goals at half-time, both
teams made changes, but the game remained quite
evenly matched throughout the third stanza, with neither
side managing to dominate the court.
Summertown went to the final quarter leading by four
During the fourth term, the Tigers settled more,
capitalising on turnovers, with goal shooter Ellen Morey
and goal attack Lauren Osborne shooting and rebounding
Summertown finished the match strongly with a seven-
goal buffer at the final whistle.
The game between Piccadilly and Bridgewater started
with both teams making use of the centre passes, but
tight defence and rebounding by goal defender Ally
Eggers and goal keeper Riley Sabey allowed Piccadilly to
enter quarter time with an eight-goal lead.
Accurate shooting by Bridgewater goal attack Georgina
Hollsten and goal shooter Tasman Sbrogio-Anderson
allowed the Raiders to reduce Piccadilly’s lead to 24-20
Both teams made changes during the main interval,
Piccadilly bringing on Hayley Schroeder in wing attack,
who combined well with centre Tamara Matulick to allow
strong feeding into the goalies.
Bridgewater introduced Tamala Suraharjo into goal
keeper, and she worked well with goal defender Emma
DeRon to take advange of any loose balls and rebounds.
The final quarter was tightly contested, with both teams
working well together, but Piccadilly were able to clinch
the premiership points with a 43-27 victory.
Stirling Comets and Aldgate White played out a dramatic
36-all draw on Saturday afternoon at Stirling East.
The game commenced with Aldgate breaking out to a
10-goal lead at quarter time, thanks largely to a dominant
performance from defenders Maddie Greenwood and
At the other end of the court, the efforts of Comets goal
defenders Georgina Watts and Bianca Butefisch kept their
team in the game.
In the second quarter, Kate Johnson came on as goal
defender for Stirling, and immediately infused the team
with more enthusiasm.
Goalies Chloe Berry and Sophie McTaggart started to
break free, and excellent midcourt feeds from centre
Rachael Jaensch and wing attack Bella Semola, followed
by cool shooting, helped the Comets draw closer.
Throughout the game, Aldgate midcourters Kirralee
Thomas and Kate Philips and wings Amy Nicholls and
Emily Tarca were able to steady the team.
In the final quarter, the scores fluctuated with the Comets
getting out to a two-goal lead, but Vida Heaslip and Jordyn
Hearne in goals for Aldgate were able to level the scores.
A crucial play by Alice Taylor at wing attack for the
Comets stopped another Aldgate surge, and a draw was
perhaps a fitting result from a fiercely contested game by
two committed teams.
Under 17 Div 1
The game between Stirling Comets and Uraidla started
at a furious pace.
Precise passing by Stirling centre players Rachael
Jaensch and Hannah Douglas Hill fed into accurate
shooting by Cordelia McPherson Smith, giving the
Comets an early 7-1 advantage.
However, Uraidla settled with Emma Fogarty and Crystal
Nash defending well and centre Rosie Higginson starting
attacks from centre, cutting the Comets back to a five-goal
lead at quarter time.
The second quarter was close with both teams scoring
through fast and skilful netball and getting 12 goals apiece.
Uraidla’s forwards started to display their talent with great
positioning and shooting by Lara Clothier and Sophie
Comets defenders Lucy Schumacher and Rose Beltchev
were also launching telling attacks from their half of the
Uraidla started the third quarter strongly with wing attack
Natalie Subelli moving the ball quickly to her forwards,
and she was always in the right place.
Tahnee Sickerdick continued to defend well as she had
done in the second quarter, while Emily Tickner was
finding the ring despite strong defence from Stirling’s
At the other end of the court Olivia Hughes maintained
Stirling’s position with accurate shooting, but Uraidla won
the quarter by three goals.
The final quarter started similar to the third with Uraidla
strong in attack and making many opportunities for the
forwards, who did not disappoint.
Stirling lost some turnovers which allowed Uraidla to take
the lead in the match for the first time.
Uraidla were two goals ahead with only a few minutes
remaining as both teams fought out the final plays
brilliantly with every player giving their all.
Stirling managed to get two late goals with the match
ending in an exciting 45-all draw.
Under 17 Div 2
Ironbank Green took a 32-23 triumph over Ironbank Gold
in a well contested intra-club fixture.
The initial two quarters were relatively even but
Ironbank Green seemed to have the edge over the Gold
combination through more accurate shooting.
Defensive work was tight in both sides, but during the
second half the Green team pushed ahead making the
most of opportunities which arose and finished with a
Under 15 Div 2
Aldgate hosted Uraidla in clear playing
conditions which were welcomed after the
previous round’s wet weather.
The game got off to a quick start with
Aldgate scoring numerous goals with fast
play by the team and accurate shooting by
Anna Evans and Bryanna Eden.
Uraidla’s defensive team of Amy Smith and
Imagen Nash responded with some good
touches and intercepts converting to goals
for Uraidla with a solid shooting effort by
Aldgate led 11-5 at the first change as a
competitive contest was also evident in the
second quarter, with both teams striving
hard to score.
When Uraidla’s Aliyah Harvey went off
injured in the second quarter, the team had
to reshuffle players, including the move of
Imagen Nash from defence to goals, but the
Demons still contested well with six players.
Turnovers by Aldgate’s Annabel McLachlan
and Mary Jones set up a 12-goal advantage
for their team at half-time.
Aldgate’s Samantha Horbelt and Zoe
Witkowski fed with confidence in to the
goalies, and relied on each other for leads,
waiting for the right opportunity to pass it
in as Parker and Smith put pressure on
Aldgate’s Chelsea Thomas was injured
during the final term after an excellent effort
applying pressure as wing defender.
It was a great effort overall by both teams,
with Aldgate taking a 38-13 victory.
Under 13 Div 2
Aldgate had a big 54-9 win over Stirling
Despite the perseverance and hard work
from the Comets, particularly by goal attck
Amy Farries, Michala Holmes at centre,
wing defender Honey Seedsman and
Eloise Sandow at wing attack, Aldgate
maintained a steady and increasing lead
throughout the game.
Some speedy leading by Aldgate’s Casey
Lewis, Kennedy Revitt, Amelia Tavener
and Bella Mayne through midcourt, plus
Aldgate’s sharp shooting, maintained the
Under 13 Div 3
Aldgate started the game against
Piccadilly strongly, reading the play well
and attacking determinedly.
Goal defender Laura Jones was great at
intercepting and reversing play in Aldgate’s
Piccadilly goal shooter Louisa Barnard
offered nice leads and Piccadilly goal
keeper Ruby Halloran played strongly with
intense intercepts and defence of the goals.
However, confident attack by Aldgate and
straight goal shooting by goal attack Jess
McCourt increased Aldgate’s lead to four
goals at half-time.
There were position changes for Aldgate
in third quarter and Piccadilly attacked well
down the court but couldn’t slow the goal
tally, and at the end of the third quarter
Aldgate were five goals ahead.
Further position changes were made by
Piccadilly and the final quarter was fast and
furious on both sides.
Piccadilly centre Mieke Stam and Amy
Smythe and Louisa Barnard together in
goals proved an effective combination for
Piccadilly, closing the gap in the scores.
In a thrilling finish, both teams were
shooting alternate goals, with Aldgate
teetering at one goal ahead until the final
minutes when two goals to Piccadilly
secured a 21-all draw.
Under 11 Div 3
Stirling Comets defeated Aldgate 8-2 in
a low scoring game which reflected the
tenacious skill of Aldgate’s goal defence
and goal keeper.
The Comets goal attack and goal shooter
displayed great teamwork.
Summertown wing attack Jade Carter (left) gets an upper hand over
Heathfield wing defender Ellen Maple in a contest for a high ball during
last Saturday’s Round 3 Hills A-grade netball clash at Summertown’s
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