Skipton brought home the John Fraser Shield on Saturday, winning it for the first time in several years. The winner of the shield is decided by a vote per winning game, and as Skipton only lost one Netball and tied the football games, the day went to us.
Earlier in the day, the Under 12s had a good win, keeping Beaufort scoreless. So far this year the opposition across all three games have only managed one point between them. Well done James and his young team. Skipton defeated Beaufort 3.10 to 0.0.
Award winners George Collins and Hamish Pratt.
The Under 15s only managed the one goal, but that doesn’t tell the tale of the game. They kept trying, and we can clearly see the development of the players as they go. After the good older players from last year moved out of the 15s the opportunities are there for the team to improve their game and it is pleasing to see them listen to the coach and work hard. Skipton defeated by Beaufort, 1.8 to 7.9. Award Winners Marty Boyer and Jackson Villa.
The reserves ran out with as good a side as we have had in the reserves for many a year. They started a little slowly but improved as the game went on, kicking long, and running on, defeating Beaufort, 11.12 to 4.3.
The Senior games started well with plenty of run and pressure from Skipton, but as the quarter went on Beaufort forced themselves back into the contest, winning the ball around the centre and stoppages, putting pressure on our defence. The second quarter was all Beaufort, extending the lead considerably. Xavier Lourey was standing tall in defense, repelling many forward thrusts, but was playing a lone hand. In the third quarter Skipton steadied and held the opposition while matching them on the scoreboard, but Beaufort came again and dominated the last , finishing with 18.18 to our 9.6.
A better week against Beaufort at Beaufort on Saturday for our Skipton netballers.
With Beaufort not being able to field an under 13b side, our youngest girls got to have a week off and enjoy being spectators for the day and were treated to 5 wins from our 6 games.
The under 13a girls had the biggest win of the day, 43 to 4, and were able to play in a wide variety of positions with 8 different girls getting a run in the goal ring and all shooting a goal or two!! Hows that for versatile!! It was wonderful to see all girls adjust to thier new positions each quarter so willingly and very capably. Our awards went to Hannah Meek and Emma Gowans in a great team effort.
Unfortunately our under 15s were unsuccessful this week and went down 10 goals to 21. There was some very strong defence throughout and Fiona was pleased to see the girls putting into action what they have been working on in training.
Destiny Frisby and Kate gowans received the awards in a hard fought out match.
The under 17 girls dominated play from the start of their match and held a large lead early. Great play in defence and some very impressive aerial intercepts, were highlights in the fantastic 29 to 6 win. Abby Tiley and Sophie Liston received the awards for the 17s.
C grade had another good win and are looking very impressive early in the season. A very good lead of 29 to 7 at half time before a short lapse in the 3rd quarter and then a better finish saw our girls with a final scoreline of 51 to 25. Awards were given to Katie fay for her consistency in defence and Ruby Bingham for stepping into the teams structure so easily in her first game.
A grade and B grade have both registered their first wins of the year with determined games in both grades.
Great work by Georgie Fay in defence and more running and hard work from Amy Lodge in centre were part of the team effort and final scoreline of 31 to 14 goal win and won the girls the club awards.
A grade were missing a couple of girls but the seven remaining played out a fantastic game to have a 36 to 24 win. Great work through the centre court by Fiona Collins and strong moving and shooting by Megan Liston saw them take home the awards.
After Easter we host Hepburn at Skipton and look to have better contest than the last. Keep an eye on Facebook and the website for the social functions after the game.