Hopper girls take control

NORTH Albury has maintained its unbeaten run in the Ovens and Murray A-grade netball with a measured 42-34 win over Albury yesterday.

It didn’t take long for the young Hoppers outfit to put into effect their game plans, with both ends of the court holding up strong.

Hoppers coach Fiona Boyer said the side had been able to spread their defensive pressure across the whole court while goal shooter Jessica Fisher-Curnow was unstoppable.

“Everybody played their role which was so delightful to see,” she said.

“Everybody wanted to stand up — sometimes you can get caught up in the emotion of Anzac Day but the girls stayed at it and reaped the rewards.”

It was hard to choose from across the court but Boyer said they had named Kirby Logie as their best.

“She did an awesome job of shutting down their attack over the centre pass and that created pressure every time Alb-ury wanted to release the ball,” Boyer said.

“That’s the kind of pressure we’re looking for in that mid-court to try and create errors.

“We did that and capitalised on it.

“I loved the defensive pressure we applied all over the court and everybody did that — they worked super hard to do it all game and I think that’s what rewarded us.”

Turnovers early in the opening minutes could have cost the Hoppers, especially as the Tigers moved the ball well across the court.

But the young Hoppers looked at their best rebounding from defence and sharp shooting from Fisher-Curnow saw them take a first quarter lead which they never really looked like losing.

“Jess is always rock solid in goals, she thrives on it and loves that challenge,” Boyer said.

“She and Sophie Robertson (GA) played really well together.

“But it’s always going to be tight in this competition, there’s not a team we’re going to be able to blow out of the water.

“We just need to keep giving ourselves every opportunity with turnovers and try and keep possession.”

Elsewhere Wodonga Bulldogs demolished Wodonga Raiders 80-36.

Jane Cook scored 47 goals while Bec Cameron shot 33.

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