20 Apr GDFNL Netball Season 2021 – ROUND 1 – MEDIA REPORT
Rob Cameron, GDFNL Media Manager – 11 April 2021
DEVILS DELIVER STRONG VICTORY OVER LIONS
CORIO started their 2021 A Grade netball season with a resounding 56-27 goal victory over Belmont Lions.
The Devils jumped away to a 10-goal quarter time lead and despite a more disciplined Lions output beyond that point, Corio were able to maintain scoreboard dominance.
Corio coach Shayna Poto was thrilled with the team’s performance, highlighted by the return of goal shooter Taylor Mason.
“We often controlled the mid court in 2019 games, but were unable to take advantage on the scoreboard,” the Devils mentor said.
“With Taylor under the ring we were rewarded for the effort up the court.”
Lions coach Courtney Leith was awarded the best on court honours and remained philosophical after the game.
“We all felt the scoreboard wasn’t a true reflection of the contest” the Lions star said.
“I was really pleased with the girls effort for our first outing together and I’m confident the more time we spend together our game will improve.”
The Devils were dominant through the midcourt with Geelong Amateur recruit Emily Pietsch providing plenty of supply to the scoring ring and Holly Milsome led a tight defensive unit.
The Lions defenders were under constant pressure, but Rachel Kirtley was solid all day in goal defence.
EAST Geelong launched its campaign in impressive fashion, securing a thrilling win over Thomson.
East, who endured an injury riddled finals series in 2019, kick-started a new season with energy to claim a 29-28 victory.
The first half was played in a high pressure environment, with both teams struggling to create any rhythm in their attack.
Thomson took a slender three-goal lead into the main break, but East were able to take more advantage of their chances as the game progressed, holding on for a one-goal victory.
Steph Boyce led a strong Eagles defensive unit in the low-scoring contest, while reigning Margaret Webb medallist Claudia Cook created plenty of mid-court drive.
Thomson coach Shannyn Leach was proud of her charges endeavour throughout the match, while lamenting some last quarter unforced errors.
The performance of youngsters Cheyenne Philpott and Allie Drake gave the veteran coach cause for optimism for the remainder of the season.
Reigning premiers Bannockburn started its title defence with a new-look outfit, but confirmed they will still be a formidable unit in the 2021 season.
Under new coach Sarah Fisher, the Tigers dismantled Winchelsea 56-42 in a clinical display, driven by a dominant mid court performance from their captain Alana Nicol, the only remaining playing member of the 2019 premiership team.
The home side started with a withering 17-goal first term, which left the Blues playing catch-up netball.
Debutant Kailah Tom was a live wire in the scoring circle, creating space for her shooter and scoring 24 goals of her own. Lillian Kent battled hard defensively for the Blues and Katrina Filice took advantage of her scoring chances, shooting 28 goals at 83 per cent.
North Geelong had a perfect start to their season with an emphatic 29-goal victory over Anakie.
Cassidy Nelson dropped in 45 goals against her old side to lead the Magpies scoring, but her job was made much easier by the creative work of defenders Taylah Maar and Bree Hearn.
Werribee Centrals powered their way to a 34-goal victory over the Geelong West Giants, ensuring they will again be at the formidably opponent this season.
Ellie Vincent dominated the attacking zone for the Centrals, while first game recruit Jayeden Quin was an outstanding performer through the middle of the court.
Inverleigh had a dominant first-up outing against Bell Post Hill, coming away with a resounding 28-goal victory.
Georgia Mirkovic was the Hawks best, with a 34 goal haul, while the Panthers were best served by defender Molly Anic.