Comets edge out EBG despite fine show from teenager Collingwood

PUBLISHED: 15:09 11 January 2011

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Teenager Maria Collingwood had a fine game for EBG but she, and her team-mates, were just edged out by a powerful Comets side.

THERE was a compelling encounter when Comets met EBG in the first Exmouth Netball league game after Christmas, writes Louise Passmore.

A full-strength Comets needed to be at their best in the early stages as EBG, and in particular their 15-year old shooter, Maria Collingwood, were looking mighty sharp.

The early action saw young Collingwood display a clinical eye for goal and, with support from goal attack Sarah Northcott, the pair got a regular flow of excellent ball from the centre court pairing of Zoe Allars and Rachael Clements as EBG settled quickly into their stride.

Comets were looking shell although, after weathering the initial storm, they had battled back to trail by just six goals at the end of the first quarter.

Comets made a tactical switch with Pam Taylor moving to goal attack and Cara Monahan into the goal shooter position and, with tighter defending and disciplined centre court play, they pulled themselves back into the game.

Sally George, Alexis Heal, Gill Hall and Hayley Taylor, centre court for Comets, drove the ball forward from defence to attack by keeping the passing simple but accurate.

Ali Moxey and Yvonne Sparks in defence for Comets made a number of timely interceptions during the third quarter forcing EBG to have a few wobbly moments with a number of wayward passes.

Katie Wallis, Cath Stevens and Sadie Bassett, defending for EBG, kept the pressure on, but Cara Monahan, shooting for Comets, had found form and it was her accuracy and movement in the shooting circle that helped give Comets an eight goal lead at the end of the third quarter.

In the final quarter there were moments, in both camps, where loss of concentration affected both teams but Comets were clearly not prepared to let slip the lead they had worked hard to get after that initial EVBG blast and they closed the game out 51-44.

Katie Wallis for EBG and Yvonne Sparks were nominated players of the match and deserved the accolade but mention must also go to the teenager Maria Collingwood, who was so effective for EBG and Cara Monahan for Comets, goal shooters for their respective teams.

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