TWO Rochester Netball Club grades battled it out in elimination finals on the weekend with the under 17s facing Shepparton Bears in Tatura on Saturday and B reserve playing Echuca in Benalla on Sunday.
The under 17s started well against a tough opposition on with defenders Rosy Miechel and Zali Hocking working tirelessly and creating lots of turnovers, but Rochester couldn’t capitalise on this and had difficulty getting it through the mid court.
Goalers Tess Tegelove and Annie Hughes worked hard to create opportunities but the Bears defence was second to none.
Changes were made to try and free up the mid court and create more space.
Morghan Cairns came on into wing defence to shut down the attack and the changes were just what the team needed with Cairns creating turnover after turnover and the goalers converting.
But it was just a little too late to come back with Rochester going down to Bears 51-25.
Rosy Miechel was best player for Rochester with tireless work in defence and then moving to centre to run out the game with Tess Tegelove holding strong in the goal circle.
Morghan Cairns saved her best game until last with amazing defence and drive into attack.
This great team is a young group of girls and will learn and be back even stronger to redeem themselves next year. What an amazing effort this year by the whole team and they all look forward to bringing on 2018.
B reserve had their work cut out for them on Sunday against a strong Echuca side but Rochester came out of the blocks firing to be two goals up at quarter time.
Goalers Brittany Hercus and Maddie Frawley combined incredibly well together and had their eye in the ring early.
Defensive pressure was great down the court with wing defender Kristie Weekley taking a screaming intercept to boost and extend the Tigers lead to four goals at half time.
Eliza Hodgens worked overtime in defence with strong rebounds and fast hands creating turnovers, Jac Rasmussen ran out an amazing game in centre with accurate passes into the ring and Kate Lee came on in the last quarter in centre to bring fresh legs to the court and created many turnovers and great play.
Rochy saved their best quarter for last and continued to extend their lead on Echuca and solidify their spot in the semi finals.
Rochester defeated Echuca 33-24.
Best players were Maddie Frawley, Eliza Hodgens and Kristie Weekley.
Rochester will work hard during the week to prepare for the semi final against Shepparton Swans at Euroa on Sunday.
Let’s go Tigers.