Saints end season on winning note

Published on Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Author : Elly Kirlis

Watsonia 1 have ended their Section 2 winter netball season on a winning note, after defeating Montmorency 1 by six goals at La Trobe Sports Stadium.

The Saints were out of the finals hunt coming into this match meanwhile the Magpies had their top four spot wrapped up, but you wouldn’t know that was the case on the court as a 16 goal to nine first half established the Saints’ intent throughout the game, eventually prevailing 30-24.

Their fourth win of the season, and their first since Round 3, Watsonia can hold their head up high for finishing the regular campaign with a victory.

They also turned the tables from their Round 5 defeat to the Magpies where they lost by five majors and their opening round loss when they fell short by four goals.

Maddison Filev led the scoring for Watsonia with a season high 27 goals. She scored all of the Saints’ majors in the first three terms.

Kirstin McIntyre, Amelia Lai and Rebecca Jennings held up the defensive end, limiting Montmorency to their equal lowest score of the season.

Morgan Jones top scored for the Magpies with 15 majors, her second highest individual tally this season. She’s also now scored 45 goals in her last three matches, putting her in the top 10 goal scorers in the competition.

Filev got things going right from the opening whistle, helping Watsonia produce a seven goal to four opening quarter by scoring all seven majors.

Much more of the same continued in the second term when she added nine majors to her tally.

While sitting near the bottom of the table for most of the season, the Saints’ defensive efforts have been brilliant, with only the top two sides in the competition conceding less goals than them this year.

This was on display during Friday night’s game, keeping Montmorency to just nine goals for the half while scoring 16 themselves to establish a handy seven goal advantage at the main break.

Filev continued to take control in the third term as she remained the source of all of Watsonia’s scores in the third term. With another winning quarter, the Saints had a nine-goal lead heading into the last term.

Montmorency did step up their game in the fourth term, scoring 10 goals to seven, led by nine Jones, but it was too little too late as the Saints finished their season in perfect style with a six-goal win.

While it is curtains closed for Watsonia this winter netball season, the Magpies will need to bounce back in time for their huge semi-final with Ivanhoe 2.

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