Roos lock in double chance

By Jamie Lowe

Deni Rovers' A grade earned themselves the double chance in the Picola & District League finals with a convincing win against Yarroweyah on Saturday.

In arctic conditions, the Hoppers came to play and provided great physicality but they were no match for the Rovers, who deserve their position in the top four.

Monty Jones played a stand-out game, pressuring her opponent and combining with the always reliable Sienna Jenkins to support the offensive team of Jamie Henson and coach, Carissa Bulmer.

Both girls weathered the onslaught of the taller Yarroweyah defence, and were winners in every quarter.

The defensive team of Nat Sampson, Chrissy Hurst and Jackie Thorpe are in excellent form and provide plenty of confidence as the girls prepare to defend their flag.

Final score: Deni Rovers 57 to Yarroweyah 23.

Awards: Timbrr – Monty Jones; IGA – Jamie Henson.

Deni's B grade to finished the regular season with a strong win leading into the finals next week.

Although the Roos made many unforced errors in the trying conditions, they created more turnovers and, after an even first quarter, drew away on the scoreboard at every break.

Kelly Thorpe continued her strong season with another reliable performance in defence.

Cara Meyer moved confidently up and down the court, intercepting and driving forward to help her team run out victors by 13 points.

Final score: Deni Rovers 38 to Yarroweyah 25.

Awards: Timbrr – Kelly Thorpe; IGA – Cara Meyer.

Deni's C grade held on to victory in a one-goal thriller.

The Roos were up by 10 at half time but a few changes and errors saw that lead disappear.

In the final quarter the scores were even with 30 seconds to go and Rovers managed to get a last second goal and win by the narrowest of margins.

Coach Tegan Arnold said her side should go into finals with their heads held high they really know how to perform when under pressure.

Final score: Deni Rovers 35 to Yarroweyah 34.

Awards: Globe Hotel - Jade Meadowcroft; Evolve - Hope Semmler.

The C reserve Roos had a great finish to the home and away season with the girls having a dominating 38 goal victory.

Coach Shannon Bulmer said her side tried a few different combinations, showing how versatile they are as a team.

Final score: Deni Rovers 49 to Yarroweyah 11.

Awards: Globe Hotel - Felicity Dye; Glow Beauty - Chelsea Williams.

The Under 17s Roos booked their spot in the top four with a 30 goal win.

A strong team effort saw great passages of play through the midcourt with Hayley Whitehorn and Montana Muldoon-Leetham controlling play beautifully into their attackers.

This was assisted with multiple intercepts yet again from Edwina Barclay and Maisy Edwards. 

Final score: Deni Rovers 41 to Yarroweyah 31.

Awards: Evolve - Edwina Barclay; Deni Driver Training - Montana Muldoon-Leetham.

The poor weather conditions made it a hard slog for the U15s Roos, but they still managed to score a dominant 42 goal win.

Final score: Deni Rovers 46 to Yarroweyah 4.

On a blistery day the Rovers White team shook off the icicles, pushed through the wind and dominated the court in the U13s.

Erika Martin was her ever-reliable self with her long arms dangerous, creating turn over after turn over.

Zoe Holloway applied constant, relentless pressure, as did Makayla Finn when put into defence. 

Final score: Deni Rovers 40 to Yarroweyah 1.

Awards: Subway - Erika MartinThe icy cold wind and rain didn’t stop the U11s Rovers from showing great sportsmanship to their younger opponents.

In the last game of the season for the team the girls kept control of the ball and their channels flowed smoothly.

Coach Mathilda Jacobs said their hard work was reward with some great goals and she was proud of their season.

Awards went to all players. 

The Rovers Blue team finished their Deniliquin Netball Association season with a great win on Wednesday night.

Kate Jenkins was on song, shooting accurately and providing great drive in attack.

Gab Wade continued her exciting form with another stellar performance in the centre.

In defence, Ella Marshall created many turn overs and was a delight to watch.

Final score: Deni Rovers 27 to Deni Rams 16.

Awards: Subway - Kate Jenkins - Subway; Brontes - Gab Wade; Evolve - Ella Marshall.

Rovers White saw the end of their debut DNA season this week.

It was fantastic to see the growth in confidence, skills and game knowledge from all players.

Coach Lucy Horne said the development of both the team and individuals has been immense.

"Another real highlight of the season is the new friendships and love of the game fostered by the girls," she said.

Awards: Subway - Macy Butcher, Zarly Horne and Amelie Bulmer.