Redeyes rock Waaia

By Southern Riverina News

Blighty’s incredible unbeaten Picola & District League season in A grade rolled on for another week with a thrilling three goal win against heavyweight Waaia.

Away from home the remarkable Redeyes were behind for the bulk of the game, but came up big when it was there to be won in a classic.

Missing key defender Nat Tremble as well as Sophie Lostroh, Blighty called upon many of its B graders — including Amy Bunnett and Gabby Ives — and came up with a huge win.

Blighty coach Molly Cochrane was proud of her side’s ability to win with their backs against the wall.

‘‘It was a really good, tough match and it was good to be able to get the win,’’ she said.

‘‘We were down for most of the game, so to win from there was fantastic. We had one girl out we knew about who was in a car accident, and then another one messaged me saying she was sick in the morning and couldn’t play.

‘‘We were down two players, so we basically had five A grade players with three from B grade stepping up. With all that, we were pretty happy to get the result.’’

The Bombers led for plenty of the game, but never built much breathing room, their biggest lead as little as three goals throughout the day before the Redeyes hit the front in the final quarter.

‘‘Our midcourt pressure was really good, they have an excellent midcourt, so for us it was important to play well against that,’’ Cochrane said.

‘‘Driving down the court they are very strong and make very clear leads. It took a while to get on top.’’

Abby Wilson shone for the Redeyes, while Rhiannan Maxwell shot efficiently to help the side to the statement win.

Blighty is 11-0 and on top of the ladder, while Waaia slipped to 9-2 with the loss to sit third.

Final score, Blighty 48 to Waaia 45.

Awards: Rhiannan Maxwell and Abby Wilson.

Blighty’s B grade played a strong game despite an 11 goal loss to the second on the ladder Waaia side.

The Redeyes showcased great defence with the shooters also doing well.

Final score, Waaia 51 to Blighty 40.

Awards to Kaila Park, Amy Bunnett, Charlea Clarke.

A very quick and fast paced game in C grade favoured the home side, with the Redeyes going down to a strong Bombers outfit.

Final score, Waaia 63 to Blighty 25.

Awards: Steph Barry, Alex Barry and Lillie Harford.

The C reserve Redeyes played a good game despite going down, pushing to the end with three Under 17s coming up to play.

Final score, Waaia 37 to Blighty 11.

Awards: Storm Birks, Rose Sievers and Kelsey Hislop.

Waaia proved too strong for Blighty in the Under 17s, posting a 15 goal win.

The Redeyes kept their heads however, winning the last quarter to show positive signs for the rest of the season.

Final score, Waaia 51 to Blighty 36.

Awards: Audrey James, Lillie Harford, Jasmine Ackers and Mikaila Ackers.

Blighty’s Under 15s worked hard for four quarters to pick up a 10 goal win against a tough Bombers side.

Sophie Dudley started in defence getting an arm to every ball that came her way.

Eliza Bradford ran her heart out and fed well into the ring and as usual Belle McIlwain shot beautifully all game.

Final score, Blighty 31 to Waaia 21.

Awards: Sophie Dudley, Eliza Bradford and Belle McIlwain.

Under 13s Blighty 24 Waaia 23

Blighty’s Under 13s moved up to third spot on the ladder with a thrilling one goal win over Waaia in a third vs fourth battle.

The Redeyes were impressive with no rotations on the bench forcing some players to fill in different positions.

Final score, Blighty 24 to Waaia 23.

Awards: Jessica Hanmer, Beth Laverty, Stevie Bateman and Nicola Stanworth.

The Under 11s played well with strong leads and great use of their voice in a game played with high spirits.

Awards: Katy Grady, Samara Watson, Ellie Gavel and Lucy Dudley.