TACTICAL: Burnie wing attack Kara Briggs looks to pass the ball past Devon’s Josie Emery. Picture: Stuart Wilson.OPTOMEYES Devon has notched up its first win of the season, taking Coastal bragging rights and the Intercity Challenge Cup in last night’s clash against the Mader Burnie Tigers.
In front of a vocal crowd in Devonport, the home side out- muscled its Coastal counterparts by nine goals – 37 to 26.
Despite an evenly poised first quarter, with both teams locked at seven goals apiece at the first break, Devon upped the ante in the second quarter to take an 18 to 14 lead into the main break.
Defender Ebony Roberts, who claimed the player of the match award, was simply outstanding in defence, intercepting the ball on numerous occasions to feed into Devon’s attack.
Roberts teamed superbly with Lisa Loubser to limit the Tigers’ avenue to goal.
Burnie shooter Alicia Hammond (13) and Claire Maynard (7) both tried to keep their side in the hunt but with both girls shooting at just 46% accuracy, it was always going to be difficult.
It was a different story for Devon’s shooters as Penny Williams, with 21 goals at 64% accuracy, and Rebecca Hyland, with nine goals and 81% accuracy, gave their team the edge despite some solid defensive plays from Kresta Davies.
Extending the lead to 10 at the final break, Devon managed to hold sway for the morale-boosting win.
The loss leaves the Tigers winless after seven rounds.
In the under 19s, it was Burnie who claimed a resounding 19-goal victory – 53 to 34 – with the Tigers’ centre Kirsten Loring named player of the match.
Devon will play host to the northern based Hawks next Saturday night at St Brendan Shaw, while Burnie has the week off after a loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday.
The Cavaliers were far too strong for Burnie, outclassing it in all areas to win 61 to 41.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.