Saints and Seagulls to push for victory

Nanjing Night Net

LOOKING FOR A WAY: Talented Port Fairy youngster Rachel Giblin looks for a gap through the Koroit defence last Saturday at Victoria Park. Picture: Martina Murrihy 

THE battle for a finals berth heats up this Saturday for Koroit.

Andnot only will the Saints be looking for a win of their own, they will also be keen for Port Fairy to do them a favour.

Koroitis in fifth place on 28 points and this week play South Warrnambool who are fourth with 32 points.

Outside the five on 28 points isCamperdown with the Magpies opponent this Saturday being Port Fairy.

While Koroitwill be barracking for Port Fairy this week, it was a different story last Saturday when the two went up against each other.

The Saints won 41-28 but it was a hard-fought victory over a spirited Seagulls team.

Scores were level at quarter-time before Koroitslowly pulled away for a 13-goal triumph.

Goal attack Amy Wormald was best on court for Koroit while young gunRachel Giblin was the star for Port Fairy.

Koroitcoach Kasey Owen was happy with how her team was able to withstand the strong challenge from the Seagulls.

The win over Port Fairy and a 43-31 victory against South Warrnambool in round five has Owenexcited about this week’s assignment.

“The first time we played South was one of our best performances for the year so we will go in very positive,” Owen said.

“Amy Wormald is unavailable which is a bit of a blow but I think we have the depth to re-adjust to cover her not being there.”

With finals out of reach for Port Fairy, coach Kellie Sommerville said she is relishing the continued opportunities to play against strong teams.

“Against Koroit we just struggled to finish off, we had a lot of the ball and our attack at the contest was fantastic,” Sommerville said.

“Rachel Giblin was amazing at wing attack, I haven’t seen her play like that before, she was so aggressive and hit the ball hard.

“She has had to play in goals and that creates a lot ofpressure so she really enjoyed getting up the court a bit and she was very impressive.

“We are looking forward to playing Camperdown, all these games now will be a good chance for the girls to improve with next year in mind.”

In A1 it was a 38-16 win for Koroit with Millie Mahony shooting 25 goals for the winners while Kristen Sheehan was best for Port Fairy.

The under 17s was a close game with Port Fairy winning 32-30 with Victoria Blackwood the best for the Seagulls and Amber Peake the star for the Saints.The under 15s was won by Koroit 44-13 with Grace Lynch best while for Port Fairy Elizabeth Farley won that honour.Port Fairy were big 45-10 winners in the under 13s with Eloise Swarbrick shooting 26 goals for the Seagulls while best for Koroit was Bridie Quinlan.

In Sunday netball Koroit won the under 16’s 24-9, Nicky Oosthuizen was the Saints best and Stephanie Heard the best for the Seagulls.

The under 14’s was 47-5 Koroit’s way with Bridget Ludeman best on court while for Port Fairy thebest player was Isabel Finningan.