Valley Stars unbeaten in netball
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
VALLEY Stars remain unbeaten in the Gladstone Netball Association A grade competition with a hard-fought 37-30 win over Yaralla Owls in the match of the round on Tuesday night.
What made the win sweeter for the Stars was the fact they had just five players on the court for the first half and were a player down for the whole second-half.
In the round's other matches, debutants Yaralla Swifts suffered a 35-18 loss at the hands of Yaralla Eagles, while the Yaralla Falcons worked hard for a 31-13 win over Devils White.
But the performance of the Stars was a talking point, with the defending premiers showing all the trademarks of a great side.
Even though they were undermanned the Stars were never headed against the young Owls.
All five regulars, Tara Zielke, Melanie Whitmore, Vicki Shannon, Tracey Calis and Michelle Jones had to be at their best for the Stars to win.
Skipper Calis had nothing but credit for the Stars and said their teamwork was a feature.
'We worked extra hard, when you are a couple of players down it is very hard and you need to be at your best,' Calis said.
'Fortunately we were, but credit to the Owls because they played well.'
Attacking weapons Keisha Street and Sam Dippel were the Owls' best.
It was a tough introduction into A grade action for the undermanned Yaralla Swifts who were beaten by the Yaralla Eagles. The Swifts battled hard to stay in the contest, but ultimately could not keep up with the Eagles.
Kym Hetherington down in defence and Donna Lawrie were again top players for the Eagles, while Larissa Anderson never stopped for Swifts.
The final game of the round saw Yaralla Falcons hold off a determined Devils White.
Falcons missed a couple of key players, but with Leisa Lowe, Melanie Frost and Carly Cooke leading the way were just too good for Devils.