Rosella Netballers soar to flag

The main game in the second timeslot was the Division 2 encounter between Cheltenham and Heatherton, and a great start was seen to the game as the sun shone and the warmth on the players’ backs aided them in playing some quality netball.

Four lead changes in the first 10 minutes made it clear that this match was going to be a fight to the end. Cheltenham came out firing, with amazing centre court work from Sarah Matthews, demonstrating not only strength in speed to shooting goals, but defensive pressure that saw three centre court intercepts within the first quarter.

Heatherton struggled to find their groove but were far from letting Cheltenham have it all their own way. Strong play particularly from goal defence Courtney Weiske to allow options to bring the ball down the court, and calm holding from shooter Sophie Clark saw both teams go into quarter time at 11 apiece.

The opening minutes of quarter two saw Cheltenham take the scoreboard to 17-11 before Heatherton were even able to blink.

Despite their best efforts, including strong pressure and great deflections from Heatherton wing defence Taylor Leeson, they were unable to break that deficit.

Strong defensive pressure from Anna Donnelly and Lauren Hucker was too much for any of the Heatherton shooters to crack and Cheltenham were able to steadily push the final score to 44 – 33.

Sarah Matthews was able to continue her strong early-game form to be named best-on-court.