Congratulations Nat Clark on a fabulous milestone of 400 games!
The good surface of the ground at Snake Valley was always going to struggle to withstand the at times, torrential downpour throughout the day. This was Carngham Linton’s first game at the Valley this season, unfortunately for them at the end of the day a lot of damage had been done.
The rain started with the Under 12s but the surface hadn’t deteriorated to badly for their game, with Skipton playing very well, winning 10.4-64 to 0.0-1. Best players Noah Kennedy and James Read. It was especially pleasing to see the way our team played together even though we were missing several players to school holidays. The sight of the coach and players all trying to huddle in the coaches box at the breaks showed how heavy the rain was at that early stage.
The downpour continued for the Under 15s, but still the ground held up, Skipton managed to hold Carngham to a single goal when they had the benefit of the strong wind, and then capitalise, scoring well in the second and last quarters when the wind was in our favour. The final score was a victory to Skipton, 9.8-62 to 3.1-19. Best players Xavier Connell , Bailey Meek and Marty Boyer among many others.
The reserves bounced back after last weeks defeat, getting an early break of three goals with the wind and as the ground churned up with the continuing heavy rain, managed to keep Carngham to two goals for the game. This was a day for a pair of bulls, and luckily for us we had a couple, namely Tim Gawne and Alex McLean. They constantly imposed themselves on the contest, tackling hard and making opportunities for teammates. Two Lachlan’s , Parker and Wilkie also seemed to revel in the conditions. Final score was Skipton 5.11-41 to 2.4-16.The reserves game had really churned the ground, and still the rain came.
When the senior side ran onto the ground, they came up against a side that was well prepared mentally for the conditions. The opposition was a focused Carngham side that knew that team that put in the biggest effort and played simple wet weather footy would be hard to beat. Carngham had the wind in the first quarter and made the most of the “dry” ball and conditions, kicking 3.6 to our 1 point. This was to prove the difference, Carngham were playing with confidence, the ball and ground got only wetter, and while we out scored them after quarter time, the margin and the game of the opposition proved to be insurmountable. Skipton 3.7-35 defeated by Carngham 4.16-40. This was a win by the better side on the day and congratulations to them for playing smart football. We have more chances and challenges ahead of us and our fate is in our own hands.
Under 13b game called off due to weather conditions.
13a Skipton 13 def by Carngham Linton 29. Awards to Bronte Molloy, Alice Liston and Holly Draffin
15s Skipton 13 def by Carngham Linton 20. Awards to Gemma Richardson, Lily Connell and Kate Gowans
17s Skipton 13 def Carngham Linton 8. Awards to Sophie Liston and Sarah cushing
Cgrade The cold a wet conditions made it hard for our girls to settle their game. Our unforced errors especially in the second quarter meant Carngham took a solid 10 point lead and unfortunately held that lead for the rest of the game. Bests on went to our shooters, Anna Walker and Narelle Larkins who were able to sink our 23 points for the game in the toughest conditions they've faced yet.
Bgrade Some of the worst conditions ever for netball but that could not take the smile off Nat Clarke’s face on her 400th game, yes, she must have started playing senior netball at the age of 5.
Congratulations to Nat on a fantastic achievement.
The wet cold conditions did prove tough for the teams usual, run on, fast flowing style of play. Starting slow with a few costly mistakes gave the opposition a head start. Scoring picked up for us but we were unable to peg back the lead of the opposition and went down 10 to 18 in the end.
Despite Nat thinking it was a sympathy vote, she was awarded best on court for her rebounds and intercepts in defence. Second best this week went to Georgie Fay with her continuous efforts in WD.
Agrade In freezing cold and extremely wet conditions the A grade netballers fought hard all game to take home the win. They had a steady lead of 4 goals each quarter and then winning by five. Through out the game they showed determination, strength and the desire to win. Every player on the court gave their all. It was a physical game but the girls held their heads high and played their own clean game of netball. Great drives, strong passing and continual pressure on the court was what got them the win.
Best on court was Courtney Guy with some amazing intercepts, turnovers, continual on court pressure and playing hard for the entire game.
Second best was Liz Barr with amazing pressure in defence, some great turnovers, backing up the goal third and always giving her all.