Blighty dominate Blues

August 03, 2017

Blighty mid-courter Demi Blake was her side's best on Saturday.

Blighty took on Picola United in round 16 of the Picola League netball season on Saturday.

Played on Blighty’s home turf, the club also celebrated ‘yellow day’, a fundraiser for Camp Quality and the Deniliquin esCarpade team ‘The Ladybirds’.

Netballers wore yellow in support, with players and spectators contributing donations to the cause at the gate.

In A grade, Blighty showed their strength to double the number of goals scored by Picola, 64 to 32.

Centre court player Demi Blake earned the best on court award for her speed, agility and sportsmanship. Goal shooter Rhiannon Maxwell and Nat Tremble were also awarded for their efforts.

Blighty B grade followed suit, just one goal away from doubling Picola’s score, leading by an impressive 24 goals at the final whistle, 49 to 25.

Isabelle Hare’s versatility playing in defence and as a shooter earned her best on court, with acting coach Andy Lostroh commending Hare on her shooting accuracy despite the windy conditions.

Centre court’s Claire Bull was also awarded for her efforts.

‘‘Every single player played exceptionally well,’’ Lostroh said.

In C grade Blighty were unable to keep their winning streak alive, falling eight goals short, 27 to Picola’s 35.

Heidi Atkinson earned best on court for her exceptional effort in goal defence, a position she had never played before.

Wing defence Caitlin Salter was also awarded for her persistence and pressure throughout the game.

Coach Sarah Palmer said she was pleased with her team’s efforts.

‘‘The team really gave it their all against the top side and they have improved dramatically since last time we played them,’’ she said.

C-reserve: Blighty had a strong win against Picola, 40 to 10.

Wing attack Lisa Landy earned the award for best on court, while Lou Hanmer in goal defence and goal attack Nicky Burke were also awarded for their impressive play.

In the juniors, the Under 17s couldn’t match the strength and accuracy of Picola, going down by 54 goals, 17 to 71.

Karla Nicholls, Annika Bridge, Mikky Ackers and Dakini Hall were all awarded for their persistence and positivity on the court.

Blighty coach Steph Barry said her team played well and encouraged each other throughout the game.

In U-15s, Blighty suffered a loss to Picola, 13 to 23.

Annika Bridge, Kelsey Hislop, Emmaline Weir and Jasmine Ackers were all awarded for their positivity and sportsmanship.

Blighty’s Under 13s came away with an impressive win against Picola, leading by 15 goals at the final whistle, 22-7.

Alicia Smith, Isabella McIllwain, Sophie Murray and Eliza Bradford were all awarded for their efforts.

The Redeyes are on top of the ladder.

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