Hawks break season drought

SOLID EFFORT: Rach Perry was named best player for Kongorong on the weekend. Picture: FILE


KONGORONG broke its season drought with a convincing victory over Nangwarry in Round 8 of Mid South East netball on Saturday.

The Hawks won the toss and had the first centre pass, but Nangwarry’s defence was able to get the rebound and score the game’s first goal.

From there Kongorong’s Rach Perry and Emily Lightbody applied strong defensive pressure to ensure turnovers.

Kayla Gray, a key player in Nangwarry’s defensive line up, was able to convert the ball and cause some turnovers.

However, by the first break Kongorong led 12-4.

In the second term the Hawks transitioned the ball quickly down the court, with Ebony Lawson and Zara Von Stanke feeding well into the circle.

Kongorong’s goalies Evie Sealey and Tilah Buckingham worked well in the circle to score both their centre passes and turnovers.

Nangwarry goal attack Ebony Wurst worked hard in the circle against Perry, while Alice Circelli’s feeding helped both Ebony and Sheridan Sakkers score.

At half time the Hawks were in control and up 22-8.

Heading into the second half Kongorong made a change in its lineup, with Lawson going into WD and Sammy Ham going into centre.

Ham’s drives made the ball move quickly down the court to help the shooters score.

Nangwarry’s Michelle Richardson worked hard against Sealey and applied plenty of pressure.

Lightbody intercepted the ball many times to create more chances for the Hawks to score. Nangwarry wing defence Gemma Glynn worked hard to defend the ball and cause some turnovers which helped the Saints score.

However, despite the hard work by the Saints, the Hawks were able to open the margin further, with a 35-15 lead heading to the final quarter.

Kongorong was able to maintain possession of the ball in the fourth quarter, as the defenders found hands in the circle and capitalised on any missed shots by the Saints.

Nangwarry’s attack of Cercelli and Stephens worked well to transition the ball and help Wurst and Lacey Neale score.

Buckingham and Sealey continued to work well together in the circle, rewarding their team’s defensive efforts and turnovers.

In the end the Hawks claimed their first win of the season 46-20.

Best players for Kongorong were Perry and Lawson, with Glynn and Wurst best for Nangwarry.