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Swans glide to another win

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June 17, 2017

Nat Fletcher balances on the line in attack.

Cate Tozer defends the shot on goal in the under-17 game.

Avenel has barely been tested in its premiership defence this season, and nothing changed for the Swans against Undera on Saturday.

It was touted as a tough match against the fifth-placed Lions, who had pushed KDNL powerhouse Nagambie to within 10 goals last week, but the Swans were simply too good on Saturday, belting their opposition by 26 goals to cruise to an eighth straight victory.

Equally as impressive for the Swans was the fact that the 54-28 win came with a make-up side, with many of the Swans’ regular stars still unavailable due to injury and unavailabilty.

It was far from the prettiest game of netball, with a physical style of play on show by both sides, but the experience of the Swans players saw them gradually nudge ahead each quarter on their way to a solid win.

Kate Bishop was the Swans’ pillar in defence in their breakthrough premiership last season, but has switched ends since returning to the side last week and was outstanding yet again as goal shooter.

Former Broadford star Naomi Slade was a welcome inclusion in to the midcourt in her first game in Swans colours, while Sarah Milne was her ever-reliable self in defence.

Avenel sits on top of the ladder, just one game ahead of rival Nagambie.

On Saturday the Swans will face Rushworth, who currently sits in eighth spot on the ladder.

B-grade

Avenel had another strong win while travelling to Undera.

We were without Brooke, which gave us one less rotation option to use.

The girls jumped to a great lead and increased at each break to come away with a convincing 40-goal win.

Once again it was a dominant defensive game with multiple intercepts creating plenty of goaling opportunities for Sarah, Tegs and Gen.

Award winners were the defensive duo of Ros and Doz for continuing to work hard to turn balls over and win hard-ball gets.

The final score was 59-16.

C-grade

With a full team this week, the girls had a fantastic win over Undera 61-19.

Cathryn Gray and Sarah Sidebottom were great inclusions and worked hard all day in defence.

It was a great effort by all across the court. Keep up the good work.

Under-17

The girls had a great win against Undera, who never gave up.

The girls played together as a team and worked several plays out, as well as creating space all game and managing several turnovers.

The shooters were on fire and the defensive end was strong, especially Dakota Grifiths, who used her height and never gave up. The midcourters worked tirelessly all game, including Taylah Boulton, who got several intercepts.

A great game, girls.

Awards went to Dakota and Taylah.

Under-15

The team came away with a fantastic win over Undera.

The girls all worked hard together and gave it their all. There were some players who played a few different positions and continued to play well.

Shooters Temisha Griffiths and Mitchell Lusted worked well together and were certainly on target along with the defence end getting several turnovers.

The coaches are proud of you all.

Awards went to Abbey Lazenby and Temisha Griffiths.

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