OUR ALLI IS ONE OF A KIND
Question: when is a wing defender a dominator and a comedienne at the same time?
Answer: when she’s Garville’s Alli Evans.
Alli showed both talents in our great 19-goal win over Tango to retain top spot on the ladder. Only high quality players can dominate a game from WD and that’s what Alli did over four quarters with her package of interceptions, deflections, back-up, and great voice – no-one demands the ball better than Alli.
But Alli also showed her flair for comedy – even if it was unintentional. During the third quarter she injured her finger, called time-out, received treatment, then returned to the court in the WA position. Seems Alli forgot she was our WD – until she was told she was on the wrong transverse line. But Alli’s break in concentration was only fleeting and within seconds she trapped a loose ball, and then took a brilliant interception that resulted in a Taylee Howard goal.
We established a match-winning lead of 15 goals by half-time, via some great feeding from Jordie Harrison in WA. Jordie specialised in long bomb passes to our shooters, and Kim Wade in centre was gut-running when not busy intercepting or deflecting balls in heavy traffic.
And our defence of Alli, Gab Stengle (GK), and Esther Young (GD) was as strong and resolute as ever. We lost the third quarter by four goals which posed the question of how would our girls respond in the final term. The answer was emphatic – a big lift in intensity from all players that reflected our pride and spirit. We won the final quarter by 8 goals and the catalysts were our outstanding leaders Gab (captain) and Kim (vice-captain). Gab was awesome with her interceptions, loose ball gets, and rebounds. Kim was relentless with her hustle and bustle, and great desperation for the ball.
Final score: Garville 57, Tango 38.
Best: Alli Evans, Jordie Harrison, Gab Stengle, Kim Wade.
COURAGEOUS TO THE CORE
Our ressies dug deep to reveal enormous pride with a gutsy win over Woods.
The 2-goal margin stretched our unbeaten record to 6 after we were seriously challenged by a physical Woods.
Each of our players contributed well, but it was Esther Young in GD and Helen Mason in GA who were responsible for match-winning bursts in the final quarter when an upset loss loomed. Esther created 4 turnovers in 4 minutes with an inspired series of rebounds, deflections and interceptions. And Helen shot clutch goals, including some from long range, when we desperately needed them. She showed her typical strong hands and body with clever positioning and demanding the ball. But Helen also revealed an impressive leadership quality with her less experienced partner Taylee Howard (GS) playing only her first full ressies game for the season.
Esther built momentum with each quarter and played with desperation especially in the second term when we were heavily outscored. She and Gab Strengle (GK) probably form the best defensive circle in the comp. Gab was awesome early in the game and was the driving force behind our 6-goal lead at quarter time. Her powerful attack on the ball and great anticipation to win interceptions makes her, along with Kim Wade in centre, the heart and soul of our team. We outscored Woods by 6 goals in the third term, thanks to the inspirational Alli Evans who took over at WD at half-time. Alli was the spark we needed to stop the Woods momentum and she duly delivered with an interception and deflection in her first minute on court. She sustained the intensity and will be an important player in the showdown next week against the competition’s other pacesetter, Matrics.
The Woods contest had loomed as a danger game for us as they lost only narrowly to the unbeaten Matrics.
Final score: Garville 44, Woods 42.
Best: Esther Young, Helen Mason, Gab Stengle, Alli Evans
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Great to see the ‘Great Greys’ sitting top of the ladder in 6 different divisions!
2013 AMND Premiership Tables-1
It would appear that we missed some of our players from the SAPSASA Representative lists in the newsletter that went out this week and we offer our apologies.
Congratulations to Kate Mitchell, Lara Mullins & Bridie Doyle. We unfortunately didn’t receive all of the information and if there are any more girls out there who we haven’t acknowledged please let us know so that we can rectify this.
“DREAM TEAM” FIRST HALF
Our ressies mesmerised Harlequin with a “dream team” first half scoreline of 42 goals.
We dominated every third of the court and restricted them to just 18 goals to have a match-winning lead of 24 by half-time. Movement of the ball was brilliant at times with great goal-shooting, and our girls played with flair and supreme confidence. How sweet it was for coach Kirsty who swung several changes to give players court-time in the second half. The final margin of 26 goals was an important percentage booster.
The game started with league WD Bec Salmon winning a stunning five possessions in the first three minutes that set the tone of authority. Gab Stengle continued her outstanding form in GK along with circle partner Esther Young, Helen Mason was a tower of strength in GS, and Lis Marzahn was in super touch with her long goals, especially in the second quarter. Courtney Maynard continued her brilliant feeding from WA, and the unstoppable Kim Wade was at her powerhouse best in centre. Kim must rate as one of the elite mid-courters in the reserves competition.
But the true star of our demolition job was team dominance and the confidence it generates. Georgie Sully-Beales won good touches in centre in the final quarter, along with Taylee Howard who slotted some nice goals in GS.
Final score: Garville 68, Harlequin 42.
Best: Kim Wade, and the entire first half team.