Cowell 49 defeated Ports 35C Grade
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TWO determined sides took the court for the C grade first semi-final. The match began goal-for-goal, with both sides hungry for every loose ball.

After a series of turnovers, Ports wasable to create the first margin for the game.This was short lived, and the lead swung back and forth between the two sides with neither team able to take command of the match.

Nerves under the goal ring became missed opportunities for Cowell, with Ports creating a two goal lead at the first quarter.

Cowell scored the first two goals of the second quarter, bringing the scores back to even.

From there Cowell continued itsrun of goals, creating a four goal margin.The game returned to the goal-for-goal battle we had seen at the beginning of the match.

Cowell defenders worked hard to force the Ports goalies to take long shots, but the Ports girls were up to the task and accurate at this range.In the third quarter players rotatedagain for the Cowell side, which wasable to combat the fatigue of the warm day with the depth of talent on itsbench.

Ports attack found Bec Wagner’s long arms hard to get past, and were unable to match her height for rebounds.

Heather Slee played a similar role at the attacking end for Cowell, converting any missed shots after collecting the rebounds.

Both teams continued to work hard in what proved to be a high scoring quarter, with Cowell taking the lead.

An evenly fought contest unfolded in the fourth quarter, with both teams fighting hard for the full 15 minutes.Great feeding in and around the goal circle cemented and extended the Cats’ lead.

Again, the rotation of players from the Cowell bench meant that fresh Cats players were able to outrun their fatiguing opponents, and extend thelead to 14 goals by the final whistle.

Picture:Heather Slee for Cowell defended by Hannah Lienert with Fiona Harkness heading into assist.

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