THE Rochester Netball Club had a tough day against Echuca away on Saturday, coming away with only one win for the day.
The under 17s started strong against a solid Echuca side, defenders Rosy Miechel and Zali Hocking had to work hard against tall Echuca goalers.
Rosy Miechel gave it her best in goal defence with great intercepts and strong play, but turnovers against Rochester kept the girls out of the game.
Annie Hughes shot accurately in goal attack and moved powerfully in the ring and Sarah Ingram ran out a solid game in centre with some great drives and creating good play.
The girls finished off strongly but it wasn’t enough, going down 61-28.
The first quarter for B-reserve saw the whole team come out firing with a real finals feel and strength filtered throughout the game.
The defending duo of cousins Eliza Hodgens and Teaghan Bubb were at it again, keeping their opposition out of the game.
Bubb worked herself into every play offering her steady hands to everything.
The shooting combination of Maddie Frawley and Britt Hercus were unstoppable with accurate shooting and moving brilliantly together in the ring and Jac Rasmussen ran her little heart out in centre offering plenty of drive, encouragement and patience.
The girls had their work cut out for them against a strong Echuca side but managed to prevail and hold on to take the win by seven with the final score 33-26.
The girls are looking good for finals, moving into fourth place on the ladder.
Best on courts went to Rasmussen, Hercus and Bubb.
The B grade girls started off slowly missing key players and it showed on the scoreboard, being 10 down at quarter time.
Despite being down, the girls didn’t stop trying, goalers Alyse Nalder and Lucy Ward were in for a hard day against tall defenders rebounding any of their missed goals.
The defensive end gave it their best all game with Teaghan Bubb earning best on court followed by Jamie Dingwall.
The attacking end also gave it their finest play with Jamiah Clarke running out a solid game in wing attack with great play down the court also being one of the best players.
Despite giving it their best the girls went down 30-58.
In A grade, the Echuca girls came out firing which caused our girls to make mistakes and lose possession and the opposition’s tight defence made it difficult to get the ball into our shooters.
Maddy Egglestone and Shannen Keath tried hard all game in defence taking their chances when they came, Brielle O’Mera came on for her first game in A grade and made strong leads and fed into the goalers well.
Shannen Keath and Morgan Dingwall took some inspiring intercepts which gave the girls a spark, but unfortunately they were outclassed on the day, going down by 26 goals, 33-59.
Best on courts went to Egglestone, Keath and O’Mera.
Rochester will regroup and work hard during the week ready to take on Shepparton Swans away in the last game of the home and away season.