Fliers bitten by barking Bulldogs

Katie Waters was kept on her toes by Bullioh’s Kerrie Reid. Photo: Wendy Lavis.

It was a tough day of netball at Tumbarumba Recreation Reserve on Saturday, with the Tumbarumba Fliers going down in four of their five grades to the strong Bullioh Bulldogs. 

The A-Graders went into their match against Bullioh ready to play but the home ground advantage wasn’t enough for the Fliers, who went down by three goals, 42-39. 

Throughout the game, the Fliers showed passages of play that enabled them to remain in the match, unfortunately they were unable to produce the goods when it counted in the final minutes of play, resulting in a frustrating loss. 

The end of the first quarter saw the Fliers only one goal behind with Katie Waters and Renee Moxey combining in the goal circle. A new-look back line of Chloe O’Sullivan, Sigrid Cottam and Sophie Skeers worked tirelessly to create much needed pressure on Bullioh’s attacking end.

The second quarter saw Jemma Lorimer injected into the match in the goal keeper position and she provided tight defence and worked well with O’Sullivan. 

The teams traded goals for most of the second quarter before some Fliers hesitation when feeding allowed Bullioh to take another intercept to get them back in the lead – the half time score was 21-20 in favour of Bullioh.

The third quarter saw Tamikah Hoffman in wing defence, who put her body on the line on a number of occasions to come up with several key intercepts. She was rewarded for her efforts, winning the coaches award. 

Emily Waters used her speed in the wing attack position, bringing the ball down the court nicely. Unfortunately, basic errors cost the Fliers with passing accuracy dropping severely. 

The Fliers made a few positional changes throughout the match as new combinations are still developing, which should begin to gel within the next few games. 

There were plenty of positives to take from the match and plenty to work on. 

Bullioh’s urgency for possession of the ball is something the Fliers can learn from and work on at training. 

The team is looking forward to working hard at training this week in order to put together a consistent four quarters of netball in against Corryong.

Player’s player award went to Renee Moxey. 

It was another close contest in B-Grade, with the home side going down to Bullioh in the final minutes of the match in what was a heartbreaking 30-28 loss. 

The Fliers came out strong in the first term with a two-point lead at quarter time. 

Helle Southwell and Helen King dominated in defence, repeatedly shutting down Bullioh’s shooting circle and sending the ball flying back down court. 

Hannah Taylor matched their energy in wing defence, putting heat on the centre court. 

Intercept after intercept saw Taylor breaking the opposition’s plays and really cementing her role in B-Grade’s line-up. 

Amelia Metcalf-McDermott made a huge impact in the centre bib, chasing down loose balls and showing stamina right up and down the court, but the Fliers struggled to convert intercepts into goals, making their defensive end work twice as hard. 

Quarters two and three saw a change in the line-up with Jane Lane joining Nicole Hammond in attack to put shots on the board and Southwell bringing fresh energy to the centre court. 

Jemma Lorimer joined King in the defensive end, deflecting numerous goal-scoring opportunities and proving they’re a team to be reckoned with. 

Both shooting circles were under pressure with goals almost halving from term one – a great credit to both competitor’s defensive teams.

Brigid Rhynehart receives the throw in from Jemma Lorimer. Photo: Wendy Lavis.

Three quarter time saw a 21-20 score in favour of Tumba, but a sudden burst of energy from Bullioh put the Fliers under pressure going into the final term. 

Kate Molkentin proved her B-Grade potential, stepping into the goal keeper bib for the last quarter and making an impact in the defensive circle. 

Amelia Murray brought it home in the Flier’s shooting circle, matching the Doggies goal for goal right up until the final moments of the game. 

A last-minute turnover saw Bullioh finish two points on top at the final buzzer, but it did leave Tumba with a hunger to come back stronger next time. 

Player’s player this week went to Hannah Taylor and the Coach’s award to Amelia Murray.

The Fliers C-Grade side flew the club’s flag on Saturday, entering the winner’s circle when recording a comprehensive 30-25 victory over the Bulldogs. 

It was a slow and nervous start by the Fliers as their opening combinations failed to gel together. Bullioh took the lead in the opening quarter 11-3 and left the Fliers searching for answers. 

The Fliers kicked into gear in the second quarter with Liz Power and Natalie Lowe combining nicely in the shooting circle. 

Captain Claire McIntyre and Kate Molkentin were a dynamic duo in defence who limited Bullioh to only two goals for the quarter in a mighty defensive effort and the half time score was then 13-12 in favour of the Fliers.

The mid court saw a mix of players throughout the match including Keesha Bremner, Shoney Shore, Ava De Luca and Kate De Abel. All rotated through and provided great space on court and ran over the top of their opponents. 

The Fliers continued their dominance in the third term with Savanna Lavis making her mark in the goal defence position, Bremner running the centre and Molkentin moved out to wing defence. 

Molkentin was quick on her feet, taking a number of key intercepts and creating vital pressure on the Bullioh shooters entering the goal ring. 

Pocket rocket De Luca used her electric speed to create space and move the ball down the court and after the third quarter, the score was 23-17 in favour of the Fliers.

The fourth quarter saw Bullioh fight back but the Fliers had all the answers. 

De Abel was an asset in the centre position finding ideal feeding position on the circle edge. It was a solid team performance with combinations beginning to look good as the home side won 30-25.

Players’ Player was Natalie Lowe and coaches award went Kate Molkentin.

In D-Grade, the Fliers battled on the netball courts against the Bulldogs, who boasted a strong mid court and proved too strong for the Fliers this week as they defeated Tumbarumba 19-13.

To start the match, the Fliers showcased the star shooting duo of Triniti Hussell and Millie Mcdougall who, with the combined efforts of the strong defence, worked hard together to end the first quarter with both sides level at 3-all. 

The second quarter was tough as Bullioh stepped up their game and brought some strong attacking ability to the court, which proved challenging for the Fliers usually strong mid court players to move the ball down the court to the eagerly awaiting shooters in the ring, which included Fiona Klavins, a new player to the Tumbarumba side – the half time score was 8-3.

The third quarter saw the Fliers bring back the intensity and impressive team work in the circle, which the Bullioh defenders couldn’t dampen, despite their strong efforts. 

The defensive intercepts of Jacqueline Pearce and Ava DeLuca became a key component to the Fliers being able to get some impressive turnovers and score another six goals in this quarter – Bullioh led 14-9 after the third term. 

The final quarter saw Kate De Abel enter the court as centre, which brought some new energy and speed to the court. Unfortunately, the Fliers were unable to catch up from their second quarter standstill which saw the final score coming to 19-13, a strong finish for Bullioh. 

Millie was awarded the coaches award for her efforts during the match, and Dannielle received the player’s player mug. 

Overall, it was a good game from the team, who can only improve from this round as they build their combinations, teamwork skills and strengthen their friendships on the court. 

Unfortunately, it was a tough day at the office for the under 15s, who were beaten 14-1 by a strong Bullioh side.

This week, Tumbarumba are on the road for the first time this season, playing Corryong at Corryong Recreation Reserve.