Strathmerton brought some tough competition to the Blighty courts on Saturday, with round 11 of the Picola League season proving to be an exciting one for players and spectators.
In A grade, Blighty had a triumphant 20-goal win over the Bulldogs, 66 goals to 46.
Blighty shooter Rhiannon Maxwell was named best on court for her extremely accurate shooting in goal attack. Demi Blake in the centre court and goal shooter Emily White were also awarded for their impressive tactics and skill throughout the game.
Blighty B grade went goal for goal with the Doggies, with neither team able to pull away.
Fittingly the match finished with scores level on 41 apiece.
Blighty defender Gabby Ives took away the award for best on court for her countless intercepts.
Shooter Charlea Blake was also awarded for her consistency in the goal ring.
The C grade netballers fought tirelessly to the end but also came away with a draw, 34 apiece.
Defenders Emma Barker and Alana Coates were awarded for their efforts, along with shooter Jess Smith.
C-reserve proved too strong for the Bulldogs with an impressive 27 goal victory, 40 to 13.
Allrounder Lisa Landy claimed the best on court award, while shooters Rose Sievers and Nicky Burke were also praised for their work in the goal circle as was defender Holly Newton.
In the junior grades, the Under 17s couldn’t catch the Dogs, suffering a 13-goal loss, 23 to 36.
Despite the loss, coach Steph Barry was pleased with the team’s communication on the court.
Talented shooter Alex Barry was named best on court. Abbey Smith in the centre court and shooter Lauren Butcher were also awarded for their efforts.
The Under 15s celebrated an eight-goal win against Strathmerton, 21 to 13.
Coach Sarah Cochrane said the win was thanks to her team’s strong leads, good passes and accurate shooting.
Kaity Perry, Zara McDonald, Karla Nichols, Chloe Hudson and Annika Bridge were all awarded for their efforts.
The Under 13s had the biggest win of the day, downing the Doggies 33-7.
Coach Mary Lynne Bradford attributed the win to the team’s ability to create space and drive forward.
‘‘It’s something we’ve been talking a lot about and practicing at training and the girls did an incredible job with their drives and creating space on the court,’’ she said.
April Weir, Alicia Smith, Isabella McIllwain and Shelby Hislop were all awarded for their efforts, along with Minis grade player Jessie Hanmer who stepped up to play with the 13s.
Minis played one of their best games so far this season, with all players giving their best efforts on Saturday.
Jessie Hanmer and Erica Nicholls were Blighty’s award winners.