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Swans in blistering form, ready to take on all

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June 22, 2017

Under-17 player Alyssa Quigg win impressive in her A-grade on Saturday.

Abby Lazenby defends the shot on goal in the under-15 game.

Keely Goggin drives the ball through the midcourt in C-grade.

Under-17 players Dakota Griffiths filled in for A-grade again on Saturday.

Despite a patch of bad luck with injury woes, Avenel has continued its blistering form, dismantling Rushworth at home.

The visitors took up the challenge early and really pressed Avenel in the first quarter as the Swans adjusted to the new players that had come into the team.

After winning the quarter — but only just — the Swans were able to settle and build on their lead throughout the remainder of the game.

‘‘They really challenged us in the first quarter, we were making some adjustments to new players coming into our team,’’ coach Tegan Hanson said.

Two of Avenel’s under-17 players came into the side — Dakota Griffiths and Alyssa Quigg — with the latter making her debut in A-grade.

Libby Dawson came in from the B-grade team to bolster the injury-struck Swans.

‘‘The three of those girls performed beautifully, I couldn’t fault their game,’’ Hanson said.

‘‘They came in and transitioned into our team seamlessly.

‘‘It was wonderful to see that our young girls can step up and that they’re confident to do so.’’

The Avenel defence held up well for the final three-and-a-half quarters as they restricted Rushworth to less than 10 goals in each quarter.

A 16-8 final term saw the Swans come away with another convincing win.

‘‘It really was a team effort,’’ Hanson said.

‘‘It’s great to see our whole team being able to perform with different players every week, adapting regardless of who’s joining the team.’’

Hanson noted the support from Avenel’s senior players as a key reason for the younger players’ success.

‘‘Sarah Brock and Natalie Fletcher were particularly good, it’s how our younger players get better,’’ Hanson said.

Score: Avenel 58 d Rushworth 25.

B-grade

Avenel’s B-grade combined in another fantastic team effort to win against Rushworth.

An exceptional work rate and commitment by this group continues to produce results for the Swans.

With half a season and plenty of netball still to be played, the group continues to strive.

Awards went to Bec Bath and Libby Dawson.

Score: Avenel 62 d Rushworth 20.

Other grades

In C-grade, Avenel proved far too good for Rushworth and recorded a 52-27 win.

In the under-17 game, the Swans escaped with a narrow one-goal victory, 33-32, while the under-15s went down 34-46.

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