Dogs lead rival club

South v East Gambier Football & Netball
LINE OF DEFENCE: East Gambier’s Brenna McKay provided experienced hands in defence against South Gambier in Round 10 of the Western Border competition on Saturday. Picture: FRANK MONGER

EAST Gambier started strong against South Gambier, piling on the first five goals of the match in the latest round of Western Border netball.

It did take time for the Demons to settle, but when they did it was able to run with the Bulldogs for the second part of the opening stanza to trail by six at the first break.

The opening quarter was all about Tenille Gray who found good space in the shooting circle and – even when double teamed – took the ball strongly and finished with accuracy.

Sarah Lock did a mountain of work which helped the Bulldogs move the ball with her strong leads outside the shooting circle and then her clever and accurate delivery to Gray.

The turnovers came mainly through rebounds with the young Demons shooting combination struggling with accuracy, courtesy of the work of Bo Creek and Brenna McKay over the shot.

The second quarter followed a similar pattern as Lock and Gray continued to combine well, finding each other in good shooting position, while at the other end, Imogen Walker and Tilah Buckingham seemed to settle.

Their finishing also started to improve as the Demons again stayed in touch, but faced a double figure deficit.

The hard running of Jordyn Adams in the opening half in centre was influential and her ability to create turnovers through the midcourt was also crucial.

But the Bulldogs appeared in control, with Creek taking some pivotal interceptions with her willingness to come off the player and hunt any cross court balls in the goal third.

Demons defender Alannah Campbell and Alyce Mourbey had worked overtime in the opening half in attempt to make life tough for Lock and Gray, but the shooting combination continued to dominate.

Tarsh McCallum started to become a factor in the second half as she ran hard, showed plenty of leadership and delivered the ball with precision to Lock and Gray.

Walker continued to try and keep the Demons in touch as she drove hard to the shooting circle and continued to work to find front space and finish accurately.

Any misfeeds or missed shots were quickly snaffled by Creek and McKay and with Morgan Amy proving important in transition and McCallum starting to get her hands on plenty of ball, the supply to Gray and Lock was regular and the duo ensured it counted on the scoreboard as the lead continued to build.

The last quarter saw Gray continue to fire as she dominated the front space as well as the air and the young goaler was rarely troubled on the shot.

Add to the long range accuracy from Lock, the hard running of McCallum and the defensive work of the Bulldogs in the goal third, and East maintained control to eventually win by 22 goals.

Once again the Demons showed some good patches, with coach Lauren Duncan working well on the attacking wing, Walker dominating at goal attack and Adams showing enough to suggest she could be the answer for the Demons in the middle.

The battle on the wing between Sara Smith and Zoe Duncan was a glimpse of the future, with those two no doubt going head to head for seasons to come.

The Bulldogs would certainly be looking to eliminate some of their errors and know that West Gambier, which has challenged the Bulldogs on their previous two meetings, enter this weekend’s clash off the back of some dominant performances.

Gray was clearly best on court with Lock playing the perfect support role and McCallum again influential, while for the Demons Walker was a standout with Adams and Lauren Duncan showed good form in the mid court.