The Parkes Pantherettes travelled to Dubbo on a blustery cold day to play the Dubbo Demons last weekend.
Both teams had thirteen players and no subs. The Demons went straight into action scoring a couple of goals. A return from Amy Roseby strengthened the backline as she was able to provide numerous leads and get the ball out of the defensive 50.
After quarter time the Panthers regrouped with a positive attitude. Midfielder Kimberley Dixon snapped up a collection of handballs in tight situations. Defense tightened as Dubbo scored three goals and one behind for the quarter.
Parkes defenders were again under the pump with the ball constantly coming in as the third quarter began. Key players Ashley Rosser and Renee Massurit combined to try and restrict the Dubbo forwards. Parkes kept Dubbo to five goals and two behinds.
As the final quarter started the Panthers tried a few different approaches in the centre, trying to contain the quick Dubbo midfielders and maintain possession of the ball. Hallee Pauley-Lestrange impressed when she had the ball, producing a lot of run and carry in the middle of the ground.
Korine Coleman was awarded players’ player for the match. Unfortunately Dubbo held the Pantherettes scoreless and they managed to add four goals and five behinds to their total. Dubbo 17.13-115 defeated Parkes 0.0-0
Coach Ralph said: “The girls’ skills are really improving, if they keep putting in the effort at training they will only get better.”
This weekend Parkes plays in Orange at Waratahs Oval at 12.45pm.
By Korine Coleman