The Narrandera Eagles netball sides (pictured) had a hammering last weekend, with all five senior teams suffering a loss to the Collingullie Glenfield Park Demons.
“It was not a very successful Saturday,” said Eagles spokesperson Kelly Stockdale.
“The scores definitely didn’t reflect on the standard of each game.”
Despite the difficulty, Stockdale said there was some tremendous play on the weekend.
“Evie Morrison was a standout, playing both C and B grade. Her strive for the ball is something for everyone to aim for. Lucy Litchfield also stood out in A Grade, working hard in wing defence and making the opposition work to get the ball into the shooters.”
The under 17s final score was 35-5. Best on court was awarded to Lateisha Bright.
C Grade also had a loss to Collingullie, 34-18. No award was given for this game.
B Grade lost 56-24 and the best on court was awarded to Edwina Foley.
A Grade Reserves lost 48- 27. Jacinta Smith was awarded the best on court. A Grade also lost, 58-33. Jess Bice won best on court.
The senior Eagles footy side were only 15 points behind the Demons, who are currently sitting second on the ladder.
Narrandera started out the first quarter ahead by seven points, with the score at the end of the quarter 21-27 in the Eagles’ favour.
The Demons put on a burst of strength and managed to pull ahead with a massive eight goal lead, finishing up the first half 71-40 with Collingullie in front.
Despite the Eagles narrowing the gap in the scores – their play in the third quarter was strong, outscoring the Demons by 10 points – they weren’t able to catch the lead that the Demons had managed to put in place.
In the final quarter Narrandera kicked three goals to the Demons’ two, but it was never enough to regain the massive lead.
“We just let ourselves down a little in the second quarter. We gave it a good go, but these little lapses are costing us,” Eagles captain- coach Jarrod Lane said.
Corey Baxter had an excellent game, kicking five goals for Narrandera.
“Corey’s been pretty consistent throughout the year, and Matt and Blake [Renet] are really starting to find their feet.
“Collingullie are a strong club. Their seconds are undefeated and so are their under 17s.
“Our under 17s have won pretty comfortably against some of their sides, so I’d hate to see what Collingullie did to them.”
Given Collingullie’s position on the ladder, the Eagles’ effort was noteable on the day.
“Credit to Narrandera, they are not far away from a win and were certainly competitive enough,” said Collingullie coach Luke Gestier.
The reserves also suffered a loss, falling to the Demons 62-47. The reserves had an excellent lead on the Demons in the first quarter, in front by 16 points 2-18.
The lead was maintained throughout the second and third quarters, although the Demons had narrowed the gap substantially by the end of the third quarter, 35-40, still in the Eagles favour.
The Eagles just ran out of legs at the end. The Demons drew on their reserves of strength to put on a massive burst of energy, scoring four goals and three behinds to come out the victors, 62 to
The Under 17s were inundated from the start, with the Demons finishing the first quarter with a 52 point lead. Collingullie remained strong throughout the match.
While the Eagles were able to get a few points on the board, the Demons had a resounding win, 140-14.