The Deni Rovers A grade side fell to reigning premier Tocumwal in a Picola & District League grand final rematch at Tocumwal on Saturday.
The Roos came up against a well drilled and very skilled Tocumwal and after the home side took all momentum in the first quarter, the visitors responded.
A more productive final quarter of team netball saw the Rovers claw their way back in, but it was all too late.
Under 15s player Sienna Jenkins made her A grade debut, playing in wing attack.
After a nervous start, Sienna followed up with some settled netball driving and feeding the circle well.
Final score, Tocumwal 34 to Deni Rovers 29.
Awards: Van Lieshout Timber - Laura Gorman; Globe Hotel - Brittany Kirby.
Nothing could split the Roos and the Bloods in B grade, with scores level at the final whistle.
After a slow start, competitive netball put the Rovers back in the game at the break.
The visitors went to sleep in the third quarter, but a quality display of team netball saw the Rovers chase Tocumwal down.
U15s netballer Abbey Wills, making her senior debut, combined well with Kelly Thorpe as a defensive unit, working in the circle and driving outside.
Final score, Deni Rovers 39 to Tocumwal 39.
Awards: Van Lieshout Timber - Kelly Thorpe; Globe Hotel - Abbey Wills.
The C grade Rovers remain in fourth spot on the ladder following a six goal win over Tocumwal.
The Roos’ defence worked hard for turnovers and moved the ball well into the ring to convert.
In the second quarter the Rovers took the foot off the pedal before pulling together in the last half, showing great team spirit and fight for the ball.
Final score, Deni Rovers 27 to Tocumwal 21.
Awards: Brush Beauty - Shelby Taggert; River & Grain - Zoe Sleigh.
C reserve continued their dominance with an easy win over the Bloods.
Danielle Burgess played a great defensive game and Taylah Dowsett was again consistent in WA.
Final score, Deni Rovers 53 to Tocumwal 8.
Awards: Globe Hotel - Danielle Burgess; Glow - Taylah Dowsett.
A slow start proved costly for the Rovers U17s, going down by 12 goals.
In the second half of the game Rovers started playing their own game with set plays but it was a little too late and they could not peg them back.
Finals score, Tocumwal 44 to Deni Rovers 32.
Awards: Brush Hair & Beauty - Laura Werner; Sushi Bite - Mia Jenkins; Deni Driver Training - Montana Muldoon-Leetham.
It was two draws from two games for Abbey Wills, with the Rovers and Bloods level at the end of the game in the U15s.
The Roos fought hard for every goal against a determined Tocumwal side.
Remy Muirhead, along with Abbey, was solid in defence with Sophie Strong feeding into shooter Hayley Denny who converted with accurate shooting.
Final score, Deni Rovers 30 to Tocumwal 30.
Awards: Rovers award - Sophie Strong; Subway - Hayley Denny; Scoop n Brew - Abbey Wills.
It was a horror day for the Rovers U13s side, going down by nine goals.
An injury to rising star Lucy Pitt in the first few minutes was enough to stop any momentum and the Roos were left playing catch up.
Matilda Glowrey was relentless in defence, showing grit and determination and Erika Martin showed her versatility at both ends of the court.
Final score, Tocumwal 23 to Deni Rovers 14.
Awards: Scoop n Brew - Matilda Glowrey; Subway - Erika Martin.
The U11 skills were challenged against Tocumwal this week.
Even though their passes were picked off, the Rovers worked hard on creating space down the court and coming onto each ball.
Awards: Bennett’s - Reagan Beeshman; Deni Bakery - Mak Finn.