Bloods avoid wooden spoon

Maddison Chesshire has proved to be a revelation late in the season for Terang Mortlake’s open side, last week top scoring for the match with 32 goals.

TERANG Mortlake is looking to carry the momentum it built in the final rounds of the Hampden league open netball competition after winning their final match last Saturday.

The Bloods claimed just their second win of the season with a strong display against Portland, lifting themselves off the bottom of the ladder in the process.

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Open coach Lisa Arundell said the 58-46 victory was a pleasing result after a tough year for her side.

“It was great,” she said.

“It’s really good to finish off with a win.”

Arundell said the biggest positive to take out of the match was “the fact we were able to put together four quarters”.

She has previously said her side has matched teams for “two to three quarters” before dropping away, but added she thinks “it was the first time we managed” to put together a full game this season.

The Bloods held a three goal lead at quarter time after a 15-12 first term, before racing out to a handy nine goal lead at the main break following a dominant second period.

Both sides shot 11 goals in the third quarter with Terang Mortlake still holding their lead, before the Bloods finished with a 15-12 fourth term to win by 12 goals.

Libby Moloney was named best on court for her side after playing a full game in centre, while Maddison Chesshire (32 goals) performed strongly.

“Libby Moloney was absolutely fantastic,” Arundell said.

“She just had a stellar game (in centre).

“And Maddison Chesshire in goal shooter, she did a fantastic job for an under 15 player.”

Arundell said the club was going through an exciting period, with the club’s senior ranks mostly made up of youth.

She said next year was looking positive already because a large number of players have now experienced the demands of senior netball.

The open side used 16 players across the year, including five juniors after a “fantastic decision” was made to focus on giving opportunities to those girls.

“We’ve got that core group of players (this season) that are just out of juniors themselves,” Arundell said.

“Then in the second half of the year we added another (junior) group to that mix.”

The Bloods will aim to add depth and experience with a focus on height in the off-season, while Arundell thinks the past season will put her side in good stead.

She said it was going to take 12 months for her and her side to settle in and play the way she wanted them to.

Arundell said she is hopeful the side can continue from where they left off when the new season comes around, after playing some positive netball to end the year.

In the other results, the Bloods finished the home and away games with four wins and two losses.

Division one defeated Portland 51-12 after finishing strongly in the second half.

Lily Lourey, Renae Meade and Sarah Davis were named the best players.

Division two finished their year in eighth position following a strong 41-21 victory.

Elizabeth Fowler, Georgi Cook and Claudia Lee were the Bloods’ standouts.

Division three narrowly went down to the Tigers, who held strong in the final term to record a 32-31 win.

Ruby Bradshaw was best on court, alongside Amy Kavanagh and Lisa Hobbs.

The 17 and under side finished ninth after they were overrun in the final term by Portland, going down 26-25.

April Harris, Chelsea Carlin and Jacque Dickson were the best players.

The 15 and under girls missed out on a top five finish by percentage following their 29-26 triumph.

Maddison Chesshire was best on court, while Sophie Lehmann and Grace Wareham played strong games.

And the 13 and under team will carry winning form into their finals campaign after winning 31-19.

Alice Suhan, Niamh Scanlon and Lucy Finnerty were the better players.

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