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All Blacks troubled by Hoppers

By Benalla Ensign

A second half lapse against Moyhu meant the All Blacks failed to come away with the four points on Saturday in the A-grade, losing 50-38.

The All Blacks got off to a wobbly start and found themselves four goals down at the first break, but in a much improved second term, managed to draw level at half-time.

But they could not maintain the pressure across the remaining two quarters, conceded a 12-goal margin.

Adele Henwood worked hard in defence all game, chasing hard to pick up loose balls and create turnover opportunities, while for the second match in a row, Alara Jones and Sam Bochtler combined strongly in the goal ring, shooting well and maintaining high work rates to try and get the team over the line.

Final score: All Blacks 38 d by Moyhu 50

B-grade

Displaying better decision-making and passing options than their opponents, the All Blacks had all the momentum over Moyhu in a 65-29 win on Saturday.

A massive last-quarter effort had Sal Burgess score 17 goals in what was another huge performance from her.

Alongside Burgess, Elyse Felstead and Jen Pearce combined well in defence, with Felstead showing off her versatility by also starring in goal attack.

Final score: All Blacks 65 d Moyhu 29

B-reserve

Without bench, the All Blacks started and finished strongly to run out 19-goal winners.

Hannah McCallum’s accuracy in shooting was faultless, Sarah Kubiel not only took a number of intercepts, but let the ball flow nicely down the court to attack, while Abbie Buhagiar and Zoe Barber showed improvement as they become more familiar with playing together.

Final score: All Blacks 46 d Moyhu 27

C-grade

In what was believed to be a sure win going in to the game, the All Blacks came out on court with a lacklustre first half performance to go seven goals down.

While the All Blacks rebounded to score 14-8 in the third term to get within a goal of Moyhu ahead of the final term, the Hoppers were able to hold on to their one goal lead to defeat the All Blacks 33-32.

Benalla’s Gertie McCallum and Mia Begley were consistent performers through the midcourt, while Jessie Ellis and Lia Greenhalgh worked hard in the defensive goal circle.

Final score: All Blacks 32 lt Moyhu 33

Under-15

The All Blacks fought back from four goals behind at the final break to claim a two-goal victory.

Zoe Liddington filled in for the All Blacks after Nikita was ruled out with an injury and played a strong game in defence and the midcourt, Kate Rial was outstanding in wing defence, contesting and snatching up any loose balls, while Diaz Matthews, who has been working hard in goals in recent weeks, showed off her improvement with her leading and long shots.

Final score: All Blacks 20 d Moyhu 18