Murphies claim tough win

Glencoe's Malinda Markiewicz takes possession during the Murphies win over Kalangadoo on Saturday. Picture: TREVOR JACKSON

Glencoe 60 d Kalangadoo 50

Kalangadoo made the trip to Glencoe for Round 10 of Mid South East netball, in what was set to be the match of the round – and it did not disappoint.

The Murphies took the first centre pass, with a stepping call resulting in the Magpies scoring the first two goals of the game.

Glencoe’s Donna Jaeschke and Ashlea Edwards then took control of the attacking end, working the ball patiently onto the circle edge to allow their goalies to settle into the game.

A collision between Glencoe’s Sarah Edwards and Kalangadoo’s Kori Collins rattled the youngster goalie and put the onus on Abbey Duncan to continue to tick over the scoreboard for the Magpies.

In a tight opening term,Glencoe went into the first break with a 16-14 lead.

In the second term the Murphies goalie combination of Jenna Paproth and Malinda Markiewicz came out with confidence and found the post with ease, fed accurately by Ashlea Edwards.

Kalangadoo’s Kirsty Egan was able to link well with Duncan to transition ball into attack, despite high hands over pressure from the Murphies’ Chloe Pfitzner.

The defensive pressure from Sarah Edwards and Chantelle Cocks lifted in the Murphies defensive circle to create plenty of turnover ball.

Despite the efforts of Lauren Kain and Reanna Wetherall to get hand to ball, the Murphies extended their lead by a further six goals heading to half time.

The Magpies came out firing after the break, upping their defensive pressure through their full-court structure.

Wetherall stepped up in the defensive circle and began to get hand to the high balls destined for Markiewicz.

The tussle between Jayde Peacock and Jaeschke intensified and Duncan found another gear, using her speed to create plenty of space under the post.

The Murphies were able to gain back some momentum toward the back end of the quarter to halt the run on from the Magpies.

The quarter continued goal-for-goal, with the deficit for Kalangadoo only four goals at the final break.

The effort from Glencoe lifted in the final term, working hard to maintain possession against the body on defence from the Magpies.

Full court defensive pressure from the Murphies enabled Sarah Edwards to go hunting for the intercept, resulting in a heavy momentum swing for the Glencoe side.

Despite bodies beginning to tire all over the court, the pressure remained from both sides.

However, the Murphies goalies finished strong, both shooting at 100 per cent accuracy in the final quarter, with Markiewicz converting 11 of the 17 goals.

At the end of the day the Murphies claimed a 10-goal victory over the Magpies for the second time this season.

Best player for the victors were Paproth and Ashlea Edwards, while Wetherall and Duncan were best for Kalangadoo.