21 May 2017 – Round Five Wrap

Article courtesy of Dawn Testrow

Eaton Boomers bounced back with a confidence boosting win against South Bunbury 59-41.

Belinda Lowe used her height to advantage with a strong game in shooter for the Boomers while Tia Wallace in defence at the other end of the court played a hard but clean defensive game worrying South’s goalies.

Eaton improved through the centre court with better transition from defence through to the forward attacking line and into the goal circle.

South Bunbury were carrying numerous injuries and their costly turnovers allowed Eaton to increase the lead each quarter.

Gemma Chapman was best for South Bunbury in the goal circle and young Courtney Smaniotto impressed again in goal defence.

Busselton had a convincing win over Carey Park 52-35.

It was a relatively even start with accurate shooting and tight defence from both teams but the Magpies were in front 12-10 at the first break.

Busselton went into the game with a few new faces in the line up and while they were working out the court mechanics, the defensive mid court pressure from the Panthers was making it difficult for the Magpies to move the ball freely through their attacking line.

Eventually Belle Hancock at Wing Defence took some great turnovers and then circle defenders Harmony Sutherland and Clair Jennings started to dominate allowing Busselton to increase their lead.

Changes were made at half time with Ashlee Ritson moving into centre and Ashton Embry into Wing Attach, which improved the transition through the mid court and the Magpie goalies responded with accurate shooting.

Carey Park won the last quarter with Catelyn Gray in Wing Attack and Sid Mc Alister in goals responding to Cat Grochowski taking an exciting intercept which lifted her team but it was too late for the Panthers.

In the final match, Bunbury turned the table on HBL with a 54-37 win in front of the Lions home crowd.

The accuracy of Goal Shooter Shantelle Tassone and the defensive pressure of Chelsea Slater and Amy Hammond gave Bunbury the early lead.

HBL were without the services of Myra Ugle and Jess Repacholi in such an important game but Sheridan Duke combined well in goals with Laura Jeffrey and Tenielle Treloar worked hard in centre for three quarters.

Eleanor Yates started in Goal Defence but moved back into her Wing Defence position where she played another strong game.

The HBL midcourt struggled to find consistency until the fourth quarter when Claire Cayley and Courtney Babich teamed up but the accuracy of Tassone and the strong defence Bunbury had all over the court was too much for HBL.

2016 Grand Final

Bunbury were determined to avenge last year’s grand final loss hit the court fully pumped after watching their A Reserve team come from behind in their Grand Final to win by one goal.

The Bulldogs had six goals on the scoreboard before HBL managed to score their first and start to settle into the game.

The HBL defence line of Kate Baker, Kate Fielding and Eleanor Yates had no answers in the first quarter against the accurate shooting of Shantelle Tassone and the drive through centre court that Cass Shine and Rikki Hubber offered.

Bunbury went to the first break with a 14-5 lead.  Neither team made changes for the second quarter but with encouragement from the HBL coaching staff, the Lions hit the court and showed the form that had got them to the Grand Final.

Baker and Yates tightened their defence and Jess Repacholi opened up the centre court to feed into Goalies Laura Jeffery and Renee Cashell who rewarded her team with some accurate shooting.

Bunbury kept to their game plan and a t half time were eleven goals up and made one change bringing Cassidy Anderson on to Wing Attack while HBL made numerous moves to try and pull back the difference.

Shelby Cross in defence for the Bulldogs, after a four week break, through injury, made an amazing comeback and with Georgina Whittaker dominating at Wind Defence, HBL could not make a dent in the Bulldogs lead.

Tassone was a stand out in Goal Shooter for the Bulldogs and took out the MVP award on the night, leading her team to a 49-35 Grand Final victory.

Bunbury A Reserve team beat HBL 52-51 while HBL gained their only Grand Final win in the 18 & Under Division beating Blackwood Ravens 46-35.

Rising Star Award went to Shanteele Tassone and the Team of the Year was presented to:

Renee Cashell Goal Shooter HBL
Laura Jeffery Goal Attack HBL
Jess Repacholi Wing Attack HBL
Rikki Hubber Centre Bunbury
Seiena Golding Wing Defence Bunbury
Chelsea Slater Goal Defence Bunbury
Riley Culnane Goal Keeper Busselton