Round 1 | Jets’ struggle to start strong

By Jordan Witte and Claire Macuz

Division 2’s new additions Kathryn Hard and Jess Hogan contributed strongly in a 24-24 draw with DC Force. Hard, swung between GK and GS, dragged the Revellers into a winning position in the last quarter before DC were able to equalise late and earn a split of the points.

Arabella Williams enjoyed a productive game in the midcourt as she continued her strong form in Metro’s top team, while Gina Blake and Courtney Czak held the defence together in Clare Johnson’s absence.

Head coach Ferruccio Servello will be pleased with aspects of his team’s performance, as DC hold a winning record over the Division 2 side stretching back to previous seasons. With several players to come back into the squad, there are plenty of positives to look forward to.

Division 5, boasting an entirely new squad, had a tough time in their first game together, going down to Melbourne University 22-38. 15-year-old Holly Rothnie continued her rapid and impressive rise, outplaying a taller opponent in goal attack, while Tessa Schurmann acquitted herself well in centre in her first game at a higher level.

In the early game, Division 6 suffered a heavy loss to a much more experienced Melbourne Cricket Club side. The relative youth of the squad, with Scarlett Padden and Melissa Jones in attacking positions and a slew of newer players filling important positions in the midcourt, means plenty of development will be required. Coach Claire Macuz was pleased with aspects of the team’s play, and backed her girls in to continue improving as they encounter stronger teams.

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