Wimmera Netball Association 17 and under team wins in Moama | Community Netball Championships 2017

IT WAS a seven goal win for the Wimmera Netball Association’s 17 and under representative side against its Murray league counterpart on Saturday as the side continued to gel.

Coach Gayle Leith said her nine player squad worked well together.

“They are a great team who continue to develop,” she said.

The Wimmera side jumped out to a 14-9 lead by the end of the first quarter with Maddie Morgan teaming well with Emma Buwalda in attack.

Buwalda was awarded best on court at the end of the game but Leith said Morgan’s ability to open up the circle and feed the ball was important as well.

Momentum continued with the away side throughout the next two quarters as the lead extended to six goals at half time and 17 with a quarter to play.

“It was brilliant defence to shut the Murray side down in the third quarter,” Leith said.

“Victoria Taylor and Monique Scott did an outstanding job in defence.

“Monique does not have a lot of height but her ability to jump, rebound and intercept will see her to continue to develop into a high quality midcourt player.”

Tamika Mentha was praised for her ability to pick off passes through the mid-court while playing centre and on the wings. Bridget Drum came onto the court after half time but came off early in the last quarter with an injury. Tarnee Orr also worked hard and Georgie Carberry did well when came on in attack.

“It was a good team performance,” Leith said.