A review of the Fitzroy Stars 1 vs Heidelberg 1 and Heidelberg 4 vs Greensborough 3 netball matches from Round 12.
Section 1 Round 12 – Fitzroy Stars 1 vs Heidelberg 1
Fitzroy Stars 1 racked up their seventh win of the year to consolidate third position on the Section 1 ladder, downing Heidelberg 1 by six goals in Round 12.
Prior to the game there was an acknowledgement of the land to coincide with the NNL’s NAIDOC Round.
The first quarter saw Fitzroy take a quick lead, pushing five goals ahead of Heidelberg early in the piece. Making quick and strong passes, the Stars utilised their space on the court well, passing long to feed the ball shooters Thamar Atkinson and Brigitte Linares.
Heidelberg built on its game in the second quarter, taking control with strong defensive pressure by Jane Keating and Vanessa Rischitelli – who pushed the ball forward on turnovers caused by contacts and grabbed rebounds from the Stars’ missed shots at goal.
Heidelberg shooters Lauren Kearney and Chloe Grimes were accurate with their shooting and tied the scores during the term.
The Tigers soon took the lead for the first time in the half, but their advantage was short lived as Fitzroy came back strongly, again feeding long into the goal circle where their shooters composed themselves and put their team back in front.
Starting the third quarter behind, Heidelberg struggled to make use of its ball possession. Their scorers lacked the accuracy in their shots that was on show during the second quarter, allowing Fitzroy to maintain its lead.
Kearney and Grimes were given multiple chances to score but found it difficult to remain in control of the ball, struggling under the pressure placed on them by Fitzroy defenders Jessica Bamblett and Klarindah Hudson.
While Fitzroy controlled the majority of the third quarter, Heidelberg entered the final term only three goals behind the Stars. Heidelberg lifted its play, starting the final quarter by scoring the opening two goals.
However their hopes of a comeback were soon diminished as Fitzroy’s mid-court players Anita North, Rikki Bamblett and Natarsha Bamblett got back on top – running the ball down court and feeding in cleanly for their shooters to convert.
Despite their strong efforts of the Heidelberg girls to fight out they game, they could not stop Fitzroy from taking home the win.
Final score: Fitzroy Stars 1 (37) def Heidelberg 1 (31)
Section 4 Round 12 – Heidelberg 4 vs Greensborough 3
Greensborough 3 came out victorious in its Section 4 top-of-the-table clash against Heidelberg 4 to push up into first place.
The Boro’s five-goal win saw them leapfrog the Tigers on the ladder after Round 12.
Strong first quarter efforts by both teams kept the margin at only one goal the difference. The tight start to the contest set the pace for the rest of the game, with neither team having a big lead throughout the closely-fought game.
Heidelberg had the lead for both the first and second quarters and went into the third with an advantage of four goals as it looked to stretch its advantage at the top of the ladder.
But a change of pace midway through the third quarter saw the Boro take control of the ball and get ahead of Heidelberg, taking a two-goal lead.
Heidelberg defenders Ashleigh Riley and Tayla Barnett kept Boro shooters Mia Sannholm and Thea Nicolaou down early in the quarter, but soon enough the Boro shooters found their rhythm.
The movement by Boro centre players Ruby-Venus Bainbridge and Jaleesa Morris moved the ball down the court swiftly, while the intense pressure placed on Heidelberg’s shooters made them work harder during the second half to put up goals.
An intercept by Bainbridge made its way to Sannholm who scored, before an intercept by Boro GD Kate Love gave her side another chance to move towards its scoring end and convert a goal.
Greensborough took the lead for the first time in the match at the start of the final quarter.
Trailing by two, Heidelberg took the centre pass and worked fast to provide their GA Holly Stevenson with the ball, who scored from a long way out.
But, Greensborough put the pressure quickly back on the Tigers, who again found it difficult to find players to pass to and were forced to look back to defenders on their centre pass.
The final term stayed very close for the majority as Heidelberg attempted to make a return to the lead, however it was Greensborough who was able to break away late and notch its ninth win of the season.
Final score: Greensborough 3 (37) def Heidelberg 4 (32)