Millicent too strong for Cats

UNDER THE NET: Annelise Janssen helped the Saints to a comfortable win over Casterton Sandford on Saturday. Picture: James Murphy

Millicent 75 d Casterton Sandford 40

IT was always going to be a tough ask for Casterton Sandford when it hosted Millicent in Round 12 of Western Border netball.

Despite the Saints missing premiership shooter Tabatha Sanderson for the second successive week, they were able to easily account for the Cats.

Of course, when the Sanderson replacement is state 17 and Under goal shooter Annelise Janssen, there remained reliable hands under the net.

The teenager shot a perfect 16 from 16 in the opening quarter as Millicent set up a 12-goal quarter-time lead.

It was a strong opening from the Cats as well, though, with Ivy Lane also enjoying a perfect shooting performance but the difference was the amount of supply.

Janssen was sidelined in the second and third quarter which saw Paige Nitschke take the goal shooter bib.

Despite the lack of height in the Millicent goal circle, the speed of ball and smart movement of Nitschke and Demi Verbena ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over.

Between them the duo shot 34 from 38 in the second and third terms.

Casterton Sandford kept a more settled line-up which resulted in some strong passages of play.

The only change was the swapped bibs of Caeleigh Humphries and Charlotte Rice in the last quarter – a slight reshuffle of the defensive circle line.

Lane and Madalene Cleary are certainly starting to gel as a shooting combination, while Makayla Hutchins has injected some speed into the Cats’ mid-court.

She complements the hard running and tenacity of Scarlett Jarrad in the centre.

Ebany Jarrad had arguably her best game for 2022 on the defensive wing, taking on three different opponents and making life tough for whichever Saints feeder came her way.

By three quarter time the margin was out to 26 goals and at the final whistle the damage was 35.

However, the Cats will take pride in scoring 40 goals of their own against the powerhouse Saints.

Janssen returned in the final quarter and again put 16 goals on the board, with Verbena feeding her shooting partner to perfection.

The defensive efforts of Millicent often go unnoticed despite the fact it sets up so many scoring opportunities.

Portia McRae was outstanding in keeper, often taking risks and hunting the interception, working hard over the shot and dominating the rebounding duel.

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