IT WAS a tough day on the courts for an undermanned Rochester A grade netball side on Saturday in the Goulburn Valley League encounter with Shepparton United.
The team fought hard all day showing patches of the form displayed in previous rounds.
Morgan Dingwall was again superb in the goal ring, showing off her athleticism out jumping her much taller opponents.
Awards: Abbey Dingwall displaying her versatility moving from defence to attack. Maddy Holt fought hard all day taking any opportunity she could for a turn over against two much bigger opponents.
Scores: Rochester 33 lt to Shepp Utd 61.
In chilly conditions B grade gave it all they had, however Shepp United were too good.
With the versatile Jamie Dingwall back in the side she seamlessly created turnovers in defence then followed up the final term opening the attacking goaling ring up, working well with Tammy McIntosh.
Still holding onto finals hopes we are looking to bounce back from our defeat after a bye.
Scores: Rochester 40 lt Shepp Utd 54.
It was a tough and physical game for the B-res girls, they held their own in the first quarter.
Fantastic pressure defence by Grace Ingram created many turnovers and accurate goaling by Alannah Gilmore kept the scoreboard ticking.
However, a low scoring second quarter kept the girls out of the game with Shepp United running away with the win.
We will look to bounce back into the finals race after the well deserved bye.
Scores: Rochester 26 lt Shepp Utd 58.
The 17 girls got off to a good start with some nice feeding and intercepts coming away only four goals down at the first break.
United were too strong all over the court and made things difficult for the girls.
They tried hard all day but just couldn’t match the United girls.
Best players: Emily Teggelove and Kasey Conder (both centre court players).
Scores: Rochester 22 lt Shepp Utd 53
We had a great first quarter shooting well with the defenders working hard and getting some crucial rebounds, losing by just one goal at quarter-time.
The second and third quarters weren’t as good as United started applying the pressure causing us to make simple errors.
Their goalers moved and shot well making it hard for our defenders to get any loose balls.
Finding themselves 20 goals down at three-quarter-time, the girls finished the game strongly by only going down by two in the last quarter to lose 40-62.
Best: Tegan Williams in defence and Leila Palmer in goals.
Scores: Rochester 40 lt Shepp Utd 62.