VNL Rd 7: Another three-peat for Ariels

Ariels, Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:14PM

YARRA Valley Grammar Ariels' VNL teams pulled off three wins on the one night for the third time in four weeks, this time against Peninsula Waves.

Championship got Round 7 off to a perfect start, winning a seesawing affair 49-42.

Ariels led by as many as six in the first quarter, but saw that lead whittled away in the second quarter and entered the half-time break tied at 22-22.

The girls grabbed control of the game again in the third quarter, winning it 15-8 as Gabby Sinclair shot nine of her 22 goals, and held that seven-goal margin to the end.

After a slow start to the year the Championship team is now just outside the top four and, with winnable matches in the coming weeks, will look to make that leap.

Division 1 welcomed a quartet of Championship players into the fold but didn't have it all their own way against a determined Waves outfit.

Ariels led by as many as seven goals in the first quarter but took a 14-11 lead into quarter-time. The extended the margin in the second quarter before shooting 16 goals to eight in the third to put the result beyond doubt.

Waves made up some ground in the final 15 minutes but Ariels eased to a 52-43 win, with the league's Hot Shot leader Rachel King again stunning under the post, netting 24 of her 25 attempts, and Championship players Mikaela Vaughan, Mathilda Wilmot and Katelyn Begley all getting the umpires' votes.

The 19 and Under team made a lightning start, racing to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and leading 18-10 at quarter-time.

Waves stuck with them in the second quarter before Ariels again got hot, scoring 16 goals to eight in the third and eventually running out 59-44 winners.

Madeleine Toohey received the three votes from the umpires to move to the top of the 19 and Under MVP table, while Sam Gooden was at her accurate best with 36 goals from 42 attempts.
Last updated: Friday March 28, 2014 4:06PM