20 Apr GDFNL Season 2021 netball – media report – round 2
Rob Cameron, GDFNL Media Manager – 18 April 2021.
THOMSON exacted revenge on Bannockburn in the rematch of the 2019 A Grade Grand Final.
THOMSON was able to turn the tables on the reigning GDFNL Premiers Bannockburn in a clinical four-quarter display of quality netball.
Despite a slow start to the game, Thomson assumed control midway through the first term and were 12 goals for the good by half-time.
Alex Drake was a powerhouse in defence for Thomson, forcing turnovers and grabbing more than her share of rebounds.
At the opposite end of the court the returning veteran Errin Lang had an enthralling battle with Bannockburn defender Grace Bath.
Thomson coach Shannyn Leach was very impressed with the opposition defender.
“Grace will be one to watch this season and I’m sure she will be a headache for a lot of sides,” the Thomson coached said after the match.
“Her battle with Errin was a game within the game and made her work really hard for possession.
“The clash for control of the centre court was also a highlight within the game as the Bannockburn skipper Alana Nicol went head to head with Caroline Smith.
Smith was able to where down her opponent over the course of the game and this played a major part in Thomson being able to ease out to a 17-goal win.
CORIO continues to show their improved scoring power in overrunning a very determined Bell Post Hill outfit.
The Panthers took it right up to Corio early and would have been delighted to sit only three goals shy at half-time.
Demi Grant was given the centre bib after the long break and had an immediate effect on the Devils transition into attack.
Heidi Uwland was very gallant in midcourt for Bell Post Hill and the team will gain a lot of confidence from this plucky performance.
BELMONT Lions broke through for an important early season win and the confidence gained within the new group will be vital for future contests.
The addition of taller players at both ends of the court has been an enormous benefit, as Emily Casey and Rachel Kirtley competed strongly against the Giants shooters and Hayley Castle sunk 39 goals in attack.
Patricia Hart made the most of her limited chances to shoot 18 goals and be the Giants best player.
EAST Geelong confirmed the status as early premiership favourites with a resounding 37-goal win over Inverleigh.
Shannon Pietsch made an immediate impact under the ring with 37 goals in her first outing for the season and her work with Ashleigh Cushion in the circle was pivotal to the win.
Meg Van Rooy tried hard all day to win the plaudits of the Hawks supporters.
NORTH Geelong stamped themselves as serious finals contenders with a 16-goal win over Winchelsea.
After an even first term the Magpies turned on the power, with Bree Hearn attacking from the defensive court and her shooters converting at 86 per cent, with Cassidy Nelson dropping in an impressive 64 goals.
A REJUVENATED Anakie jumped their more fancied opponent Werribee Centrals early in the game, but the champs steadied to pull away for a 28-goal win.
Natasha Dimkovski was brilliant through the centre court for the victors, but Jayeden Quin took the honours as best on the court for her stunning display as goal keeper.