East outshoots Demons

CONTESTED: East Gambier's Morgan Amy and South Gambier's Tully McShane go head-to-head. Picture: ELISABETH CHAMPION


IT loomed as a battle of the goal shooters in the Round 6 Limestone Coast netball clash between East Gambier and South Gambier.

In the first quarter East’s Malinda Foster netted seven goals from eight attempts and South’s Ash Widdison converted nine from 11, with little separating the sides at the first change.

It was a promising start from the Demons but East kicked it up a notch in the second term with defensive pressure a key to their success.

Bo Creek, Morgan Amy and Sharna McKinnon went to work denying the South frontline time and space and suddenly the accuracy of the feeds and finishing dropped away.

By half time the Bulldogs had a seven-goal lead.

While it was built on the ramping up of the defensive pressure, the conversion from Foster and Renee Henke ensured the Bulldogs received maximum bang for their buck.

Foster converted 16 from 18 in the first half and Henke shot nine straight.

South upped the scoring again in the third with Widdison again a strong target with nine from 10, while Gracie Dalton started to shake off the tight defensive checking of Creek to convert five from six.

However, Foster was again dominant for the home team with 14 from 15, which included balls which were delivered direct from the centre pass to the smart East shooter within range.

The 10-goal lead at three quarter time was going to be tough for South to overcome but not impossible.

Any chance of a comeback was put to rest when East stepped up to another level in the last.

The Bulldogs only gave up four goals for the quarter while piling on 12 of their own to secure an 18-goal victory.

The feeding from Tegan Nunan and Casey Horrigan was outstanding, while Creek and Amy created plenty of turnover ball and the accurate finishing from the Bulldogs goalers meant everything counted on the scoreboard.

Ellie Bouchier continues to be the standout for the Demons, while Tully McShane did the job on the defensive wing and also did a mountain of work in transition.

Sophie Wight played wing defence, goal keeper and centre and brought effort and athleticism to every role.