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Chequers and Blue Wrens met for the first time this season in hot conditions.
Both teams featured new line ups with Demi McDonald and Kelsey Athanasos into the Wren’s team and Nadinne Knibbs, Jasmine Wright and Penny Malchaou stepping up for Chequers.
The first quarter saw Chequers as the steadier team.
Chloe Knibbs showed confidence from the get go, slotting several early goals. Mum, Nadinne showed why she was back in the A’s; controlling the ball for Chequers through the mid court and feeding the ball into the ring – the Knibbs’ looked to be a dangerous duo.
The momentum swung however towards the end of the quarter when Gracen Dyer left the court with an injury, but Chequers held the lead by six goals.
Wrens used the quarter time break to regroup and hit the court with renewed vigour.
McDonald and Liz Promnitz gained ascendency in their defensive circle, with Chloe Knibbs shifted to GD to replace the injured, Dyer.
Half time saw Wrens wrest the lead back to be in front by two as Wren’s shooters settled into a smoother rhythm.
Athanasos was making her presence felt at WD for Wren’s, with several interceptions and deflections. Combining with Jordan Mezzino and Bec Adams, Wren’s sent the ball into their attack with more determination.
Jasmine Goodwin showed strength against the Wren’s shooters, using her height and athleticism to win contested rebounds and gather in any loose passes.
Wrens lead at the third change by 14.
Mezzino moved into GA in the final quarter, slotting an impressive 12 goals from 15 shots, combining with Andrea Tyler to double Wren’s three quarter time lead.
An umpire’s time out in the last quarter attested to duress the heat was having on players – well done umpires!
Final score was Wrens 54, Chequers 26.
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