Premier keeps its place

Kate Titheridge lines up the net. 170620 Pictures JAMIE CULLUM

Ocean Grove v Barwon Heads
This week was the second 2017 Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads at its new netball facilities and courts. The Premier Division had contest aplenty and came away with four points, still keeping third position on the ladder. While Grove Division 3 is cementing its finals double chance, equal top of the ladder.

Premier Division
Ocean Grove 50 v Barwon Heads 40
Best: L. Teague-Neeld, D. Hoiles, E. Howard
Premier Division’s first half was a hotly contested affair with only two goals separating the teams at half time, but Grove kept their intensity up and the third quarter was a goal feast, setting up the win by 10 goals. There was strong consistent work from attacker Lucy Teague-Neeld, together with mid court specialists Dani Hoiles and Elyse Howard who were playing their defensive best.

Division 1
Ocean Grove 43 v Barwon Heads 51
Best: E. Walker, A. O’Keefe, T. Birch
Grove started well with a five goal buffer at half time but Barwon Heads had different ideas in the second half and kept pegging Grove back to claim final victory. There was great defence work from junior Emma Walker, centre court specialist Alyse O’Keefe and goaler Tina Birch.

Division 2
Ocean Grove 21 v Barwon Heads 21
Best: K. Hart, K. Titheridge, K. Morrish
The girls didn’t come out hard enough in the first quarter, but caught back up to Barwon Heads by the second quarter. Nerves and pressure caused simple mistakes but Division 2 was able to pull off some lovely passages of play and worked very hard. Kate Titheridge worked the circle beautifully while junior Kim Hart dominated in defence with centre courter Kellie Morrish.

Division 3
Ocean Grove 33 v Barwon Heads 16
Best: A. Skurrie, K. Carroll, J. Sutton
Battle of the Bridge round 2 was a great team performance. A great game from Alicia Skurrie dominating in the centre court continuing yet again her strong drives throughout the game, along with coach Tamara Splatt’s fantastic consistent intercepts down in defence, and a great goaling combo from Kim Carroll and Jesse Sutton.

Ocean Grove 20 v Barwon Heads 30
Best: G. Bell, R. Mercer, L. Doyle
Grove 19s took the game right up to second on the ladder Barwon Heads with some great team play from reliable centre courters Gemma Bell and Loretta Doyle and versatile goaler Rachel Mercer.