DELA Vixens has recorded its first victory of the Ballarat Netball Association’s premier league competition on Tuesday night.
The young Vixens defeated last year’s premiers Sturt Diamonds by four goals, winning 41-37.
The win also lifts the Vixens off the bottom of The Athlete’s Foot Cup ladder, subjecting the Diamonds to last place at the moment.
After an even first quarter, players settled in to their positions while working out their opponents.
Sturt made no changes in the second quarter but Dela brought on Kathryn O’Dwyer into wing attack to replace Sophie Patterson.
Dela’s attack end came alight and with O’Dwyer combining with centre Jess Caarew and goalers Hayley Fidler and Linda Powell, the margin increased to eight goals at half time.
Sturt was forced to make changes coming into the third quarter and Amanda Guthrie came on into goal defence, Emma Simpson moved back to goal keeper, Jasmine Coleman into wing defence, Kelly Conroy to wing attack and Amy Conroy to centre.
The change had an immediate effect and Sturt steadily and diligently pegged back the score to be two goals down at three quarter time.
But to Dela’s credit they were not done with and through the tireless and determined defence of Dela’s Madi Davis and Tara Ford, Dela showed and played a mature last quarter to win by 4 goals.
THE ATHLETE’S FOOT CUP
Dela Assuntas 55 d Brown Hill Blaze 35
Dela Vixens 41 d Sturt Diamonds 37
LADDER: Dela Assuntas 28 premiership points, 120.43 per cent; Brown Hill Blaze 102, 24; Eureka Kellies 99.64,20; Dela Vixens 12, 87.92; Sturt Diamons 86.30, 12
NEXT ROUND: Eureka Kellies v Dela Vixens, Sturt Diamonds v Brown Hill Blaze.
Brown Hill Flames 38 d Brown Hill Stars 26
Wendouree N.A 42 d Brown Hill Storm 29
Dela W.A.C’s 40 d Eureka Kings 23
Sturt Opals 65 d Sturt Emeralds 18
LADDER:Wendouree N.A 32, 160.53, Dela W.A.C’s 28, 123.81; Sturt Opals 24, 140.09; Brown Hill Flames 20, 102.17; Brown Hill Storm 16, 98.47; Brown Hill Stars 16, 88.85; Central Highlands 12, 89.84; Eureka Kings 8, 84.31; Sturt Emeralds 4, 52.28
CAMERA HOUSE TROPHY 19/UNDERS
Brown Hill Lightning 50 d Eureka Kweens 41
Dela Thunderbirds 47 d Dela Firebirds 21
Eureka Klassics 38 d Sturt Gems 23
LADDER: Brown Hill Lightning 32, 156.72; Eureka Classics 28, 194.67; Dela Thunderbirds 24, 124.34, Eureka Kweens 16, 99.23; Brown Hill Comets 16, 70.37; Dela Firebirds 8, 64.85; Sturt Gems 4, 51.03
The Courier most valuable player voting:
Dela Assuntas v Brown Hill Blaze
3-Johanna Dash (Dela Assuntas)
2-Lauren Atkinson (Dela Assuntas)
1-Emma Farrell (Dela Assuntas)
Dela Vixens v Sturt Diamonds
3-Madi Davis (Dela Vixens)
2-Kelly Conroy (Sturt Diamonds)
1-Tara Ford (Dela Vixens)
16-Johanna Dash (Dela Assuntas)
12-Sarah Milton (Brown Hill Blaze)
7-Steph Burns (Eureka Kellies)
6-Stacey McCartin (Brown Hill Blaze)
6-Lauren Atkinson (Dela Assuntas)