Bulldogs bite hard

IN THE CLEAR: East Gambier's Teagan Nunan looks for an option. (Frank Monger)

EAST GAMBIER 40 D SOUTH GAMBIER 31

EAST Gambier’s place inside the top four would have been in jeopardy if they dropped the Limestone Coast netball Round 11 clash against South Gambier.

However, despite not having the services of star defender Bo Creek, the Bulldogs got the job done in an error-ridden, physical contest.

The final scoreline of 40-31 in favour of East came down to around 10 minutes of netball.

The Bulldogs came out of the blocks firing and posted the first five goals of the contest.

Then with South still in touch at three quarter time, trailing by just five goals, they scored the first four of the quarter and the result was beyond doubt.

The rest of the match was a goal for goal contest where both teams struggled to balance disciplined play with a desire to win the ball.

The two goal defenders were the most influential players on court, with East’s Morgan Amy covering for her long-time team mate Creek and continually creating turnovers, either through deflections and interceptions or her strong rebounding.

South’s Ellie Bouchier continually kept her team in the contest with her impressive work in the air and ability to follow up her own deflections to gain possession.

East playing coach Malinda Foster was also a key factor with her clever positioning and accurate finishing and it was the finishing that also told the story of the match.

South generated 54 scoring opportunities to East’s 50 but Foster and Renee Henke ensured most of those opportunities ended up on the scoreboard.

East’s reconfigured mid-court, while having some teething issues, found some good connection with their shooters and the cameo return of Tarsh McCallum ensured there was strong leadership, as well as great pace and smarts at the attacking end of the court.

McCallum was not the only blast from the past that returned to court with Sarah Allen (Lock) also hitting the court at goal shooter in the third quarter.

For South, Megan Reid’s injection into the shooting circle late in the first quarter added some strong movement to the Demons attack end and, along with Bouchier, she was the most influential player for the home side.

Teresa Humphries ran hard in centre, picking up some important gains defensively as well as delivering accurately to the Demons goalers and Gracie Dalton stood tall to provide a target.