At the halfway mark of the Home and & Away Season, The Wickers are definitely on the March.
An impressive game from the 13 Red's in an undermanned team, saw them cement themselves in the Top 2. Sharp shooting from goalers Kaylah Loulanting & Brooke Abu-Jaber, made for some exciting plays together on court. Our 13 White's are also on the up with their 14 goal win. Coach Mel G has given the team some great leadership taking them into outright 3rd on the league ladder. Midcourt player Jasmine Nation showed her skillset is improving each time she takes court & Deedee Loulanting following in her older sisters goaling prowess.
The 15 Red girls had a good win this week, although being struck hard with illness, the team came out and displayed the versatility within their ranks. Rylee Broadley moving back into goals and assisting Chantelle Rudolph, who between them sank 33 goals on the day. The 15 Whites continued to work their magic and strong teamwork, with a huge 46 goal win. Midcourters, Jasmine Corless & Sophie Castricum, fed the ball extremely well and provided their goalers with the opportunity to score a huge 51 goals.
It is wonderful to see these 4 junior teams all in the top 4 at the halfway mark of the season.
Another tight game for 17 Red's saw them go down by 2 goals. Defenders Hayley Allman and Lauren Castricum held tight down back and worked tirelessly to create turnover ball to work down to their goalers. The girls will keep their heads high and work hard to improve their game as a whole, we are yet to see the best from this team. 17 Whites coach Sarah Nash lead her girls to a 15 goal win this week, putting them just outside the Top 5 on the ladder. Some beautiful goaling from Chloe Bernard and Julia Batchelor, finally saw all the pieces fall into place and show the true potential of this group of girls come out. At this half way mark, the team are hitting their stride and on the up and up.
D / C / B Grades all had a loss on the day but not without some intense battles on court through all games. The D grade girls came out strong with some great ball movement, with gaoler Brooke Holden converting on the score board. A lapse in the 2nd quarter saw their opposition take off and the team just couldn’t fight their way back in. C Grade had a tight contest against a strong opposition this week. With some help from U17s defenders, Shenaya Wijusundera & Lauren Castricum, the girls worked with a different line up and kept their intensity and fight til the final whistle. Struggling to put 4 quarters together, the girls will be keen to bounce back against Hampton Park in Round 10. The B Grade team were in the contest for 3 quarters of the game, but just managed to let it slip away in the final term. Defence pressure down the whole court, and great movement down the court by Charlotte Tiplady and Rachael Fox saw the girls have plenty of opportunities,but in the end though Tooradin were just too strong.
A Grade went in as the underdogs against top of the ladder Tooradin, with a prediction of a 17 goal margin come the end of 4 quarters. The Wicker Chicks proved to the league leaders that they are a young side with a force to be reckoned with. The girls held a 7 goal lead at the first break and continued their strong momentum until the final break, only going down by 3 at the final whistle. The combinations are being cemented and the positive vibe is spreading amongst the team and its showing out on court and on the scoreboard.