First term blitz seals finals spot for Magpies

Published on Monday, February 27, 2023

Author : Elly Kirlis

Montmorency 2 have sealed their finals spot in Section 3 of the 2022-23 NFNL senior summer netball competition, defeating Hazel Glen 1 by 14 goals at Mernda Central College.

The Magpies claimed their fifth consecutive triumph in impressive fashion, with an excellent first quarter paving the way for a 34-20 victory. It means they can finish no lower than third heading into the final game of the regular season.

Danielle Sampson had a brilliant shooting performance, finishing with 27 of her side’s 34 majors, meanwhile Maddison Chapman and Amy Clay provided plenty of support for Sampson in the attacking half.

Hazel Glen did show positive glimpses throughout the match and continued to fight for scores on the board until the final whistle. Haylie Baker top scored for the side with 12 goals.

The Magpies blitzed their way to a nine-goal advantage in the opening quarter, producing quick transitions between defence and attack to promptly take control of the match.

Hazel Glen had an improved second term with some strong defensive efforts keeping Montmorency to just five majors. Hazel Glen goal attack Haylie Barker was a shining light for her side, finding good space in the shooting circle to score goals while also creating opportunities for her teammates.

It allowed them to win the term by a goal, however, the speedy transitions from the Magpies continued to keep Montmorency in the game as they went into half time as eight-goal leaders.

Hazel Glen were on top in the early stages of the second half as they aimed to get within touching distance of the lead.

However, Magpies wing attack Maddison Chapman was instrumental on the edge of the circle whilst wing defence Tarryn Thom applied plenty of tight defensive pressure to help Montmorency produce a second 11-goal term to extend their advantage to 12 goals at three quarter time.

Despite the hefty deficit, Hazel Glen were able to produce a solid defensive finish to the game, keeping the Magpies to seven goals thanks to the work of Serah Bentley, Narelle Draper and Addison Henning in the defensive end.

But they were unable to reduce the gap themselves, with Montmorency winning the quarter by two majors to finish 14-goal winners.

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