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Round 7 Match Reports

Round 7 SAINTLY NEWS!! Life Member Gina Skinner, to reach 150 game milestone today! You have inspired so many to play the game you love and shown through example, how hard work pays off. We are very proud of you today and all your Saints family wish you the best in your 150th game


Seniors vs Barny Match Report:

We were looking to bounce back from a disappointing effort against Rutherglen as we knew we had to be at our best to be a chance against Barny. Conditions were never going to make for a highly skilled game. The first quarter we kicked with the wind and failed to take advantage of it as our execution by foot around the ground let us down at times. Blayke and Cooksey provided targets down deep for us as Jarvo was a great lead up option high up the ground. The second, third and fourth quarter we showed a lot more heart than what we have in previous weeks as this was something that had been missing in our game. The boy's willingness to work for one another around the ground was something we have been striving for since week 1. Bailey St John was an absolute stand out racking up close to 40 for the day, Aydan Nowak had his best game for the club with his grunt work around the contest first class. Blayke St John was able to find some

touch as we continue to work closely with him in getting him back into tip top shape. Good performance all around by everyone with only our execution really costing us on the day. If we can fix up the polish side of our game and bring that same intensity and heart each week, the sky is the limit. Special mention to Webby and Walshy who played there first senior game for the club. Webby at 16 has an extremely bright future with his attack on the footy not seen at someone his age. Also to VB who played through an ankle injury from the start which showed tremendous courage to get through the game.

Goals: Z. Nichols 2, B. St John 2, J. Anderson-Clarke.

Best: B. St John, A. Nowak, Z. Pleming, A. Walsh, B. Webb, J. Cooksey.

Reserves vs Barnawartha Match Report:

We were looking forward to placing a competitive side on the park this week and looking to go 4 & 2, however this was not to be. Injury a

nd unavailability hit hard at the 12th hour and this meant we only had 1 on the bench from the outset.

We focused on IMPACT in the rooms before the game and asked every player to decide what impact they could have to influence the game.

In the first quarter, Barny got off to a flying start and kicked away. This would prove to be a margin we just could not peg back. Despite the scoreboard and going down another man, the boys showed true Saints Heart in the second quarter, with Barny only scoring 10 points to our 7.

With no rotations, we knew the boys would have to dig deep. In past weeks we have spoken about opportunity and sacrifice and that is exactly what happened on Saturday. The group understood that they would need to take on the opportunity of playing new roles and sacrifice their own position for the good of the team.

With another going down with a hammy and playing with 17 (of which several were playing injured), the boys were impressive in the 4th quarter, with Barny scoring just 2 goals/5 behinds to our 2 goals.

To say as coaches we were proud, would be an understatement. Don't get us wrong, we are her to win, but seeing the boys play with ticka, sets this team apart.

With the Black-Tie Ball in the evening, it was

great to see the club come together as one and the Reserves boys enjoy their night with the broader Saints Family.

Best Players: T. McInnes, Z. McDonald, J. Ryan, J. Broadly, D. Night, L. Hyatt

Goal Kickers: J. Ryan 2, D. Brom 1

13’s & Under Netball

We had a tough game against Barny. Starting the play with a slippery surface threw the girls from the first whistle, and they struggled to focus from there on. With stringent umpiring, it really highlighted some clear areas for development. A very low scoring game with the girls claiming the tightest win we’ve had this season so far, with an end score of 11:9.

Best on court was Zoe McFarlane (Effies’s Take-Away Voucher), and second was Charlee Bradsworth-Kerr (Rock’n’Roll Roast Voucher).

15’s & Under Netball

The girls suffered their second loss for the season going down by a fair bit. We were in it until up to about half time but losing Ava and her height in the first to an ankle injury, really seen us struggle to win those defensive rebounds. Jada was amazing both defensively and attacking in the mid court which saw her get our BOC followed by some beautiful shooting by Holly Plunkett and the speed and determination from Renee Vardy rounded out our award winners. Obviously, I’m very proud of the girls for never giving up and holding their heads high as I know most of them know each other. Unfortunately on Saturday, I don’t think the girls adjusted to the speed of Barney nor the weather that was blowing a gale. Let’s get a win on the board against Beechworth

18’s & Under Netball

Well what can I say...a coach who is speechless. The girls had a tough game coming against Barny who were also undefeated but the took it to them with composure and consistency which gave us a solid win by 20 goals. The girls are amazing and play as a solid team and always fight till the end. Our fitness, game plays and skills are really starting to form and come together. It was a hard game for some who didn’t get to play on the day but they still continued to support, encourage and be an amazing team player off the court. Super proud of these girls, such a dream team and a pleasure to coach. Awards: Charlotte Harris, Stephanie Lassey and Bethany White.

C Grade

What a nail biting game against Barnwartha! Both teams came out strong, we knew this was going to be a tough game and we needed to keep our heads up. C grade stuck to the game plan of a short game, always coming forward and working the ball as close to the ring as possible so we weren't fighting against the strong winds too much. Our defenders worked hard and created many turnovers which at times we couldn't capitalise on but continued to fight for possession. Congratulations to our 2 under 18s Beth White and Sophie Jefferson who both played stellar games and their presence and energy were definitely felt on court.

Best on went to Shynae and Urban Graze award went to Macie. Both ladies did exactly what I asked them to do and kept the positive energy up when the pressure was on.

B Grade

We started off slow today, allowing Barnie to get an early lead. However by half time, our attacking end flowed well and the defence pressure was awesome all over the court. Best on went to Kaly Smith who really stepped up her defence pressure and had a huge impact on the court. Second award went to Chloe Graeber who worked tirelessly in mid court. Third award went to Kristal Slade who again had a stand out game in defence.

A Grade

We knew we would have a tough game today and that it was – Gina Skinner marked 150 games this week and set out to dominate the mid court. The girls worked hard all game and we found our goaler’s this week, making a smoother transition down the court. We still need to work on smarter passing and good decision making on court. Due to wind we needed to play a short game and the girls did a stellar job making every pass count. Mug award went to Gina Skinner and Urban Graze award went to Taylor with her leader ship in the defence end meant we keep a strong tight circle with intercepts throughout the day.

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