Four wins on the road

Casey Seymour was best on court in Olinda Ferny Creek''s D-grade clash with Upwey-Tecoma.

 Premier League Netball resumed after the Easter break in the AFL Outer East Competition with Olinda Ferny Creek on the road.

First up it was the 17 and under girls who travelled to Casey Fields to take on Cranbourne.

The first quarter was a blow-out with Cranbourne heading into the quarter-time break with a commanding 18 to 3 lead.

To their credit, the young Swannies stuck at it against much stronger opposition, never throwing in the towel and going goal-for-goal with Cranbourne in the last quarter.

Charlotte McGrath and Kate Mikulandra impressed in their debuts for the club and Ella Grigg and Gramercy Russell fought hard in the mid-court.

The open squad rolled down the hill to Upwey Recreation Reserve to take on Upwey-Tecoma.

D-grade was the first game up and it was an enthralling game with the lead changing on several occasions throughout.

Olinda Ferny Creek had its nose in front when the final hooter blew.

Casey Seymour had a best on court performance and was ably supported by Mary Taylor, Caz Bates and Emmalee Keegan.

C-grade saw Olinda Ferny Creek lead at all changes and take control of the game in the last quarter to sneak away with a nine-goal victory.

Paris Tilley was outstanding in defense, Adrienne Oates proved to be versatile in both attack and mid court, and Sera Long was steady in defence.

B-grade saw the Bloods flex their muscle in a strong performance against Upwey-Tecoma, shooting 17 goals in the first quarter.

With Bron Simpson turning in her second consecutive best on court performance, Rhi Pendleton and Dana Portarianos strong in midcourt and Nic Millwood shooting 34 goals, the girls were never headed.

A-grade saw another dominant performance by the Olinda Ferny Creek girls, shooting nine goals before the clock had ticked over four minutes of the first quarter.

At quarter time they led 24 to nine and the result was never in doubt from that point.

Alice Paget and Krista Tomlinson were outstanding in the midcourt, and Peri Stewart shot 47 goals for the match while her sister, Elly Stewart proved her versatility by moving from goal keeper to goal shooter during the second half and shooting 20 goals.

This coming Saturday, Olinda Ferny Creek will host Healesville in five great games of netball. The action starts at 10.30am at Olinda Recreation Reserve.


17 and under

Cranbourne 53 d Olinda Ferny Creek 17


Olinda Ferny Creek 27 d Upwey Tecoma 24


Olinda Ferny Creek 44 d Upwey Tecoma 35


Olinda Ferny Creek 57 d Upwey Tecoma 32


Olinda Ferny Creek 91 d Upwey Tecoma 40