Avenel has escaped with a few ruffled feathers after facing Murchison-Toolamba on Saturday.
It was a dramatic change from last week, when the Swans had a full list of players to field in the top tier side.
With Kate Bishop injured and recruit Naomi Slade unavailable to play, the Swans were left short of a shooter.
When Slade’s replacement hurt her ankle in the B-grade opener, the Swans were left hobbling in the wet.
‘‘Full credit to Murch because they really proved that they’re an opposition we need to take seriously,’’ stand-in coach Laura Mundy said.
‘‘But all credit to the girls as they really stuck in there.’’
With the scores tied at quarter-time, it was clear the undefeated Swans had a game on their hands.
The Hoppers, not intimidated by Avenel’s perfect record, took the game right up to the Swans and even got out to a four-goal lead in the second quarter.
Slippery conditions resulted in a high number of turnovers by both sides, but Avenel’s defence still managed to pin Murchison-Toolamba down and take a one-goal lead into the final break.
‘‘It was a tussle for 60 minutes of netball,’’ Mundy said.
‘‘It was good because it gave us a chance to dig our heels in a bit and prove that we can get the job done in a different kind of situation.
‘‘We had to adjust to the wet too which we hadn’t really done yet this year.
‘‘We made a lot of turnovers in defence but even the ability of our attackers to switch to defenders was really good.’’
It was a hard-fought win and a testing challenge for the girls before they take on their arch-rivals Nagambie this weekend.
Score: Murchison-Toolamba 38 lt Avenel 39.
Best: Tegan Sidebottom, Laura Mundy, Erin Engel.
Avenel faced Murchison-Toolamba with a bare seven players, but managed to come away with a 27-56 win.
With players away on holidays, Charley again helped out on the bench and on the court, and contributed well.
Libby Dawson was a stand-out player, feeding Sarah and Teagan in the goal circle.
Finding herself in the goal circle, Libby also assisted Sarah beautifully.
The team welcomed back captain Kelly Smith from holiday and she played like she had never left.
Our defensive combination of Brooke, Sarah D. and Ros were again strong.
With any combination Marl uses the team adapt and combine as one.
Once again we look forward to the challenge against arch rivals Nagambie.
Libby took home the award for her excellent ball-handling skills while Kelly took home the second award for her direction and leadership abilities when called upon.
It was always going to be a tough match for the C-grade girls against a strong Murchison-Toolamba side.
The girls played hard and fought their way back into the match after the Hoppers found themselves on a run in the third quarter.
The girls eventually went down 38-36.
Awards this week went to Maddie Cudmore and Charley White.
This week was not the best, and we went down 26-29.
With a few players down we had Stephanie Calderwood step up and play with us, and she did a great job under the pressure.
Our defence was persistent throughout the game and our attack kept at it.
Let’s keep going and give it our best shot next week against Nagambie.
This week we came away with an excellent win against Murchison-Toolamba.
Everyone played a great game and gave it their all.
Charli Brown shot beautifully and showed great movement around the ring all day.
Will Mason was fantastic at running the ball out in midcourt.
Both these players received the awards, although it was an excellent team effort.
— Lower grade reports
supplied by Avenel FNC