The U11's are improving every week and their hard work is showing on the court. Both teams had great defence and some tightly contested games.
U13 2s had some strong combinations all over the court with Isobel and Brooklyn working well defensively in the ring.
Sienna and Ava both applied strong pressure in the ring for the U13 1s getting their hands over every ball. Claire shadows her player perfectly and the girls held their heads high.
U15s had a great start to the game, although the Imps score continued to run away from the girls they managed to fight hard and there were some impressive plays down the court.
Whoop Whoop, our U17 2s had their first win of the season! Every player gave it their all and the score board proved that. Shooters were accurate and defence was on fire. Well done legends!
Unfortunate loss for the U17 1s against a very tall and physical team. Hollies talk throughout the entire game was a highlight and Georgia was consistent in all positions. Despite the loss they continued to show amazing drive and fight.
Our C Res girls continue to amaze us all every week. Their positive sportsmanship is making them delightfully easy to coach. Every single player applied amazing pressure all the way down the court forcing turnovers and rattling their opponent. The defenders fought very hard, never giving their opponent an inch to move. All players provided strong plays and even stronger attitudes.
C Grade had amazing pressure in defence with some outstanding intercepts from Zoe (broken finger and all). The positioning from goalies was a sight to see and the midcourt calmly and precisely brought the ball down the court. A hard tumble from Woody didn't stop her strong shooting performance and paired with Alizah was a force to be reckoned with.
B Grade had an amazing start with quick and confident passages of play and accurate shooting which continued until the final buzzer. Great skill and defence was evident down the whole court. The sun in the third quarter seemed to shine brighter and legs became weary but that all changed in the last quarter after a pep talk from Coach Lyndal. Ash's shooting was on fire, Lauren's defence was off the charts and every single team member had a brilliant game. A joy to watch, congratulations on the win girls.
Yet another spectacular game to watch! The A Grade's pressure led to some early turnovers resulting in goals for our girls. Imps had some great defence but accurate shooting from Tayla and Casey gave the girls a good lead in the first quarter. Ellen's fast feeding into the ring and Cat's defence in the midcourt was a delight to watch. As usual, T-Burns uses every ounce of strength and energy she has to keep the ball out of their ring with the help of her trusty defending partner Esther. Kyra's passes and leads are something else. Brilliant game all round.
What a week of netball! Amazing work girls, keep it up Kangas!
The Under 10s have taken a liking to the top oval and they played good team footy throughout the morning and managed to pick up the footy and kick it cleanly despite the slippery conditions.
Our Under 12s performed even better this week, working hard to kick the ball out in the open and running on to it. We will work on goal kicking accuracy at training!
The U14s enjoyed playing on the main ground and they kicked several goals in the first half thanks to good ball movement. The forwards were much better at leading up to the ball and kicked accurately in front of goal. Imperials got on top in the last quarter thanks to their superior fitness but our boys and girls can take a lot out of the game.
Due to Imperials not having an U18's side, the Kangas Under 16's were able to bolster their side with a few of the U18's. They controlled the ball well and showed precision with their kicking to highlight an emphatic win.
Imperials were too strong for the Kanga Reserves this week. Despite the best efforts of the Ouyen backline, there were just too many unpressured entries by the Imps for our boys to contain. Will Grigg was the best for the Kangas, embracing the opportunity to ruck and utilising his leap effectively to control the taps and marking contests. Brock Milde was exceptional on his Reserves debut for the Kangas with his voice, run and hardness holding him in good stead for senior football in the future. Brad Parsons was Ouyens only goal kicker for the day and could have had more than two if he took his chances and was utilised more effectively by his teammates.
They say diamonds are made under pressure and the Seniors found a gem in Lachlan Nankervis, who relished the pressure placed on him on Saturday. The key forward was tasked with the responsibility of rucking against interleague star Reece McNally as the Kangas battled the league leading Imperials without the services of Jamar, Smith, Muir and Barker in the ruck position. Ben Mole made Jarrod McNally, Sunraysia's best player in last week's interleague fixture, near on redundant with a superb performance at centre half-back. Without injured Luke Stanbrook, the Kangas opened the forward 50 which gave the speedy pair of Dallas Willsmore and Wal Brady plenty of room to operate in.
Simon Brown repaid the selectors with multiple strong tackles that set the tone for the Kangas. Jason McGlynn and Heath Smith were others who left their mark on Imps through their tackling. The challenge for the Kangas is to bring that intensity and defensive pressure consistently. If they do, no opponent is unbeatable.
Have a good week Kangas and we will see you next weekend in Irymple.