ROCHESTER Tigerettes came home with a mixed bag of results on Saturday — two wins, a draw and a loss against Mansfield.
The under 17s started off the day with a solid win, 49-34, after coming back from two goals at the first break.
They managed to lift and dominate for the rest of the game, Brielle O’Meara playing a stellar game in goals shooting with perfection and moving brilliantly in the ring to be named in the bests.
Sarah Ingram showed off her versatility playing in goals and running out the second half in centre and made great space and powerful drives to bring the ball down the court.
Defenders Zali Hocking, Ella Marsh and Morghan Cairns made Mansfield’s attackers work hard for the ball with tight play. Marsh had an exceptional game in defence with many intercepts and rebounds.
B-reserve got off to a fast start with plenty of turnovers from defenders Eliza Hodgens, Grace Wachter and Teaghan Bubb, which held Mansfield goal-less for the majority of the first quarter.
Positional changes by Mansfield made the going tough for goalers Hayley Coghill and Brittany Hercus, but they still managed to convert and dominate with great passing in to the ring by Jac Rasmussen.
Rasmussen ran out a solid four quarters in center, making strong drives and great space down the court.
Brielle O’Meara and Hannah Egglestone stepped up from under 17s to share the wing attack role.
They continued to push out the lead as the game went on and finished strongly taking the win 49-20 with Bubb, Hodgens and Rasmussen all named in the bests.
B grade was in for a tough game and was hungry for the win from the first whistle.
Jamie Dingwall and Alyse Nalder shot with great accuracy and combined brilliantly together in the ring in a fast game.
Lil Ward was superb in centre, making space with great drives and passing strongly into the ring, Shannen Keath and Linda Rasmussen were dynamic in defence with strong rebounds and plenty of turn overs to each get bests on.
Rochester were one goal up at the end of the last quarter but Mansfield managed to shoot a goal right on the final whistle to end the game in a draw 39-39.
A grade started off slowly but still managed to keep up with Mansfield.
Maddy Egglestone, Bridgette Holt and Tess Ringin worked hard in defence, getting many taps and intercepts, and Ellie Cuttriss passed effortlessly into the ring to shooters with a nice long bomb from the center court.
It was converted to a goal by Morgan Dingwall who moved brilliantly in the ring with goal shooter Sahra Brooks, shooting well and rebounding strongly.
Tess Ringin (WD) went down in the third quarter with a knee injury and was replaced by Linda Rasmussen who drove well through the midcourt.
Mansfield increased their pressure in the last quarter and caused Rochester to rush its passes and make mistakes.
Despite a hard fought last quarter Rochester finished off second best to Mansfield 39-36 with bests going to Holt, Brooks and Rasmussen.
Rochester will work hard during the week to come out firing to take on Tatura at home next round.