17 and under: Horsham District snares solid win

17 AND UNDER: The winning Horsham team. From back left, Stevie Bibby, Mikayla McAuliffe, Kirby Knight, Emily Langley, Alex Lang, Amelia Scott and Mairead Bush; front, Taryn Wynd, Baylee Miller, coach Sue Anson, Keziah Freeman and Brodi Winton.

17 AND UNDER: The winning Horsham team. From back left, Stevie Bibby, Mikayla McAuliffe, Kirby Knight, Emily Langley, Alex Lang, Amelia Scott and Mairead Bush; front, Taryn Wynd, Baylee Miller, coach Sue Anson, Keziah Freeman and Brodi Winton.

HORSHAM 17 30 42 50 d HEATHCOTE 5 16 23 35

HORSHAM made it three-from-three junior netball interleague wins by beating Heathcote in the the 17 and under match at Horsham City Oval.

The home side exploded out of the blocks and was able to coast to the finish line, withstanding all Heathcote comeback attemps.

A massive 17-goal first quarter ignited the green and gold, with Kirby Knight featuring prominently in attack.

Knight was a constant in the Horsham goal circle, while Alex Lang, 13 goals, Mikayla McAuliffe, six, and Amelia Scott, seven, rotated around her.

Facing a 12-goal deficit at the first change, Heathcote responded well in the second quarter but could not make any inroads against Horsham’s lead.

Defenders Emily Langley, Stevie Bibby and Mairead Bush worked hard to rebound Heathcote’s misses and deny second-shot opportunities.

The home team extended its lead again in the third quarter, as Taryn Wynd, Brodi Winton and Baylee Miller worked their way into the game.

Heathcote won the last quarter 13-8, but it was too little, too late.

Knight’s accurate shooting saw her net 24 goals and capture best-on-court honours, while Heathcote’s Jesse Hardess was her team’s best.

Horsham coach Sue Anson said the team was a pleasure to coach.

“They contested with fantastic energy levels and all players gave 110 per cent,” she said.

“Whatever combinations I put on the court were strong at the ball and had the ability to play as a team and share the ball around.”

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