Railways v Magpies was a battle of goal accuracy and a clash that was dominated by the brilliance of players in the scoring circles.
Mikayla Venning returned from injury to deliver some classic goal scoring to lead Railways to a victory over Magpies. Credit to Magpies goalies to match the accuracy exploits. Aysha Zada and Georgia Irvine kept hopes alive till half time 16-19.
After half time Railways defending combination of Ammy Singleton, Peyton Fuller and Rosie Venning kicked into over-drive to dominate possessions from reading Magpies game plan. Singleton was awesome in her court coverage for interceptions, back -up play and goal circle rebounds.
In the last quarter Railways midcourt play was vibrant, full of energy and actively capitalising on Magpies passing errors. The pace of the game intensified which suited Railways Rosie Venning, Laurie Haynes and Abby Whittaker. The quick passing and timely leads for possessions caught Magpies out of position
Well done to Teraleyha Coulthard (U15) who took the court in the last 6 mins for Railways and showed her understanding of the game plan to contribute with confidence in the midcourt.
Having lost a couple of previous games Railways thirst to exhibit its full potential as winners was back in force 45-30. The best defending performance belonged to Fuller and Singleton.
At half time St Josephs led Vikings 26-24. It was a good game to watch albeit the number of passing errors both teams relinquished. Hats off to Vikings goal attack Jessie Harris for a brilliant display of accuracy and rebounding prowess to keep the team in touch with the close encounter. It was not easy for both Harris and Rhiannon Ireland in the goal circle. St Josephs defenders Shinae Dunlop and Taylor-Lee Breen kept close tabs on their moves and front position for rebounds, when there was a rebound.
What assisted St Josephs was the court coverage of Breen. She is a fast moving, dynamic and agile player that bring the rest of the team into the game. Ebony Butler displayed similar talent switching from centre to wing attack positions to re-inforce the passages of play to goalies Amanda Horner and Charlotte Hill.
This game result like the rest of the A grade games comes down to goal accuracy and minimal passing errors. On this occasion St Josephs held its nerve to win 54-49.
Just have to mention the brilliance of up and coming U15 St Josephs talent in the St Josephs Blue Team. It ambushed the Gold team 11-6 in the first quarter, a lead that was never given up during the entire game. Gold got close by reducing to 3 goals but that initial Blue goal lead did not go away.
Zahli O'Dea did all the damage. It did not matter what spot in the goal circle she aimed from it always resulted in a goal and to add more fuel to the accuracy Carlie Chapman was also on target. At the other end of the court Ella Humphrys took many interceptions, rebounds and gave much needed midcourt support with such ease. Chernille Digance and Zara Heritage were competitive through the centre and midcourt.
Yes, it was helpful that the Blue team had two experienced leaders in Erin Heron and Libby Harrison to provide direction to keep an ongoing focus to the 37-33 win. It was a great game to watch.