GDFL NETBALL: Eagles hold nerve, top Blues in thriller

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East Geelong's Tahlia Billows Photo: Geelong Sports Photography

East Geelong coach Michelle Maher praised her side’s offense and ability to take opportunities in Saturday’s clash against Winchelsea, which saw the Eagles win their second game on the trot.
After the scores were locked at 19-19 at halftime, the Eagles took advantage in the third term and held their nerve for the rest of the match, eventually holding on to a 43-40 win in tough conditions.
Emily Rankin was once again huge for the Eagles on offense, finishing with game high 26 goals whilst Bonnie Burley chipped in with 17.
For the Blues, Eliza Cole top scored with 22 and Coach Kendall Carracher had 18.
“It was a really good game, our attack worked really well and the conditions were pretty bad, but the girls responded,” Maher said post-game.
Maher attributed the attack and control from her side as one of the reasons why the Eagles got over the line.
“We drove the ball, but were also very patient and managed the ball well and opened up a lot of offensive opportunities,” she said.
Maher was also impressed with her side considering the side was trialling new combinations in Burley in goal shooter and Ruby Michell in centre.
Maher also said she has been thrilled with her young side’s endeavour this season and that they are already building for next year.
“We’ve been really competitive this year, we’ve just struggled having just one shooter, so our goal next year is to get another shooter and compete with those top six sides,” she said.
Maher praised Rankin, whose “intensity to force defensive turnovers which led to shooting opportunities” and Nikki Everest for her “driving and constant presenting for the ball.”

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