Redeyes fall to Roos after slow start

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Another slow start proved costly for Blighty’s A grade, going down to the Deni Rovers by 27 goals in round two of the Picola & District League on Saturday.

A few changes at half time saw the Redeyes lift and show that they could run with the reigning premiers, but the damage was already done.

Meg Ericson was best on court for her first A grade game, and was excellent down in defence.

Final score, Deni Rovers 44 to Blighty 17.

Awards: Meg Ericson; Zoe Stephens; Corenne Cooper.

The B grade Redeyes started strongly with an 11 to 5 first quarter.

Courtney Plattfuss and Sophia Mitchell made the Deni defence work extremely hard.

Anna Druitt’s speed and positioning was outstanding and Deni didn’t have an answer to stop her today.

Kristeen Culton’s intercepts and rebounds made the many different combinations of the Deni goalers’ jobs extremely difficult and her driving down the midcourt set her shooters up to score well.

Prue Meharry’s pressure at WD gave Blighty some grief at times but Blighty seemed to find a great team flow through the game winning each quarter.

Final score, Blighty 44 to Deni Rovers 20.

Awards: Anna Druitt; Judy Plattfuss; Kristeen Culton.

A strong start from Rovers saw Blighty’s C grade playing catch up netball but good teamwork saw the girls only losing by nine.

Final score, Deni Rovers 40 to Blighty 31.

Awards: Brooke Griffiths; Storm Birks; Jessima Munro; Lauren Butcher.

Blighty’s Under 17s scored their first win of the season, defeating the Rovers by nine goals.

The Redeyes defenders in Sophie Willis-Dudley and Emmy Weir had a fantastic game with loads of intercepts and hands over balls.

Ebony Behsmann read the pay well and was strong with centre passes.

Final score, Blighty 30 to Deni Rovers 21.

Awards: Zara Macdonald, Sophie Willis-Dudley, Emmy Weir.

Blighty’s Under 15s had an outstanding day, coming away with a win over the reigning premiers.

The Redeyes had plenty of great plays but also have plenty to work on.

Blighty showed they have versatility and a lot of potential as a team.

Final score, Blighty 29 to Deni Rovers 25.

Awards: Sophie Murray; Eliza Bradford; Isabelle McIlwain; Sarah Hanmer.

A remarkable effort from the Redeyes U13s saw them scrape home in a two-goal win.

Blighty never let down their guard, proving why they’re such a strong and skilled team.

Final score, Blighty 13 to Deni Rovers 11.

Awards: Jessica Hanmer; Stevie Bateman; Gemma Macdonald; Erica Nicholls; Ruby Caruso.

The Redeyes U11s had another great game with their application of footwork and defence from training brought to the game.

Awards: Juice/Mars Bar - Shaniqua; drink bottle - Dakota, canteen voucher - Jenna; Quality Meats - Chelsea; towel - Eliza.

The Club Person of the Day went to Gerard Stanworth for all of his help behind the scenes.