ROCHESTER Tigerettes had a tough day in Goulburn Valley League A grade netball against a very polished Shepparton United outfit.
The girls managed to come home with one win from the under 17’s.
U15s — Shepparton United 39 def. Rochester 29
In the under 15’s a close first quarter saw United take a two goal lead over Rochester.
A couple of changes to the Rochester defence and goal end kept the girls driving hard and attacking the ball.
Teal Hocking took some fantastic rebounds and intercepts while Charlee Roulston worked hard in the mid court opening it up for goaler Tazarni Clarke to shoot accurately.
Rochester did everything they could to fight it out and keep up with United but ended up going down by 10 goals.
Best: Teal Hocking, Charlee Roulston and Tazarni Clarke.
U17s — Rochester 40 def. Shepparton United 29
The under 17 girls combined well together playing a great defensive game all over the court.
Arms were over every ball working hard together to turn over the ball.
Lana Marsh and Brielle O’Mera worked hard in defence gaining the girls an award.
Annie Hughes and Tess Teggelove worked well together in the goal ring.
Hughes played a tremendous game with accurate goaling and great movement in the ring.
The girls fought hard all game and it showed on the scoreboard with Rochester taking the win.
Best: Lana Marsh, Brielle O’Mera and Annie Hughes.
B-res — Shepparton United 46 def. Rochester 18
B-reserve tried all game and never dropped their heads.
There were lots of lovely passages of play but they just weren’t strong enough against a quality opposition.
The defenders worked tirelessly with our goalers shooting with accuracy.
This young side of netballers are growing each week and giving it their all.
Kate Else worked tirelessly in the mid court, which was backed up by Eliza Watson’s relentless defensive pressure.
Despite putting up a good fight, the girls finished second best.
Best: Kate Else and Eliza Watson.
B grade — Shepparton United 58 def. Rochester 38
Shepparton United got off to a fierce start that left Rochester B-grade chasing.
Some positional changes at quarter time saw Rochester re-adjust and come out competing to win back the ball.
Slowly, Rochester began to play more consistent netball. Shannen Keath worked overtime in defence with tight play.
Jamiah Clarke was instrumental in the mid court by steadying the play and bringing the ball down the court.
Alyse Stroobants and Tess Teggelove found form in the goal ring shooting accurately but the team couldn’t make up the difference going down by 20 points.
Best: Jamiah Clarke, Shannen Keath and Alyse Stroobants.
A grade — Shepparton United 59 def. Rochester 16
In A-grade, cold and windy conditions made it a tough day on the court for our girls in the shooting circle.
Bridgette Holt gave it everything she had all day in goal defence shutting down the goalers and taking strong intercepts, earning her best on court.
Shepparton United were just too good on the day and ran out comfortable winners.
Rochester has this weekend off courtesy of the interleague bye.
The girls will work hard and regroup so they are ready to take on the formidable Kyabram in a Sunday match at home in a fortnight’s time.