Murphies on top

ATHLETIC: Glencoe's Sarah Edwards shows her desire for the ball. Picture: LACHLAN ONIONS


Sunny conditions graced the courts for Round 5 of Mid South East netball.

Glencoe hosted Robe in a highly-anticipated game, but the home side claimed a strong victory in the end.

Robe set the pace early, with the midcourters moving the ball with speed and defenders flooding the court.

Glencoe was able to match the speed which made for a frantic pace.

The pressure caused early defensive deflections for both teams to capitalise on before the game settled.

As the quarter went on the tight-checking defence of the Murphies’ Sarah Edwards and Chelsea Owen made it difficult for the Robe mid-courters to find their goalies, with Glencoe leading by two goals at the first break.

In the second quarter the Murphies attacking end showed their dominance.

Led by youngster Alice Tentye – who found access to the circles edge with ease – the Glencoe goalies were able to find the post despite the defensive pressure applied by Robe’s Emma Wheal and Georgia Perkins.

Lucy Perkins was the play maker in Robe’s attack line, utilising her speed off the mark to always be a reliable option.

However, Robe was unable to penetrate ball to post as the Glencoe defenders worked hard to shut down the space.

Edwards continued her tight defence on Rooster Tori Gluyas, who struggled to make an impact on the game.

Glencoe defenders began to fly for any inaccurate passes and were able to convert in their goal circle, outscoring Robe 14-4 in the second term.

The Roosters swung some changes at half time, with Halle Carter moving into goal attack, Ellen Ramke entering the game at wing defence and Gluyas going to the bench.

The Murphies side remained unchanged.

The introduction of Halle Carter added some much-needed movement to the Robe goal circle.

Donna Jaeschke was having great impact on the feed for Glencoe and continued to combine well with Tentye through the middle.

Despite some impressive challenges from Wheal, Glencoe was able to progress their lead with their goalers shooting at 100 per cent for the quarter.

Glencoe entered the final break with an 18-goal advantage.

After a hard-fought three quarters, players entered the final term with some fatigue and the remainder of the game was at a much slower pace.

Lucy Perkins continued to drive hard for the Roosters and connected with Demi Carter with ease.

Carter found a new gear to finish the game and dominated on the hold, netting 12 goals for her side.

The Glencoe attack line continued their form.

As fatigue set in some errors crept into the game for both sides with some wayward passing.

The Roosters were able to stick with Glencoe for the final quarter, keeping the final score at an 18-goal advantage.

Best players for the victors were Tentye and Jaeschke, while for Robe, Demi Carter and Wheal were named best.