Tough day for Warriors netballers

STAWELL Warriors had a tough day on the court against a notably stronger Horsham Demons in the Wimmera Netball League.

Goal Shooter Liza Cook in action for Warriors A grade.

Goal Shooter Liza Cook in action for Warriors A grade.

Warriors managed just one win with C grade finishing the game on top.

C grade won by seven goals in a game where the physicality was at a season high.

The defensive duo of Mel Jardine and Christine Graveson was dominant, holding Horsham to 26 goals as Stawell made their way to 33.

Jardine was best on court winning the Byron Family/Subway award and Graveson took home the Deep Core Drilling second best.

A grade never looked a winning chance after losing the first quarter 7-14.

Things only got worse for the Warriors when playing coach Kelly Cosson ruptured her achilles and Ellen Williams was also forced to the sidelines.

Under 17s players Meg Walker and Kearnie Warren tried to steady the ship, but the margin had already blown out.

Stawell lost 21 to 76 with Maddi Jelly earning the Warren Earthworks/Nash Hotel award for her performance Nadia Bunge the Rumba/Subway award.

Stawell's B grade girls were able to give Horsham a minor scare, losing by six goals.

Warriors started the better of the two teams before defender Kristy Matthews missed the second half.

Matthews and Tracey Dark were playing well together in the defence while Jemima Bibby and Michaela Armer couldn't miss down the other end.

Horsham were able to get some momentum early in the second half before running over the top of Stawell and taking the points.

Dark was best on court, winning the Westlift Cranes/Subway award and Michaela Armer won the Perry's Footwear award.

Jordan Austin played two quarters in defence in Matthews' absence.

Austin was also a standout in the under 17 game where she went from attack to defence.

It was a great start for Stawell, but a third quarter lapse saw Horsham take a 12 goal lead into the final term.

Stawell was able to find some form, but could not peg back the margin.

Austin was best on court winning the Sportspower and Noodle Bar award.

Stawell had a strong goalie of their own in Kearnie Warren who was second best winning the Subway award.

Bri Hyslop was a special mention.

A slow start in the under 15 A grade proved costly for Stawell as they went down 51-19.

Abbi Nellthorp was best on court, winning the Gold Reef Clothing award while Bonnie Mcllvride was second best with the Subway award.

Stawell was outclassed by a stronger team in the under 15 B with a score of 70-4.

Caitlyn Hendy was the Grampians Pharmacy best on court and Bridget McGuckian was the Subway second best.

Stawell was defeated 36-18 in a tough game of under 13 netball.

Stawell was able to keep up in the first quarter, but fell away as the game progressed.

Amy Stainsby won the Gold Reef Clothing best on court and Kasey Mornane took home the Subway award.

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