Roar spoil Walker’s milestone match

By Ashleigh Melanko

The Western Roar have spoiled Brooke Walker’s 100th Gold Industry Group WANL game on Friday night, leading at every break to run out 15 goal winners.

The Rangers started the opening term strongly, with Georgia Pitt and Brianna Newnham near perfect under the post, but a mistake in the dying moments of the quarter gave the Roar a two-goal lead at quarter time.

Walker continued to demonstrate why she is one of the League’s top defenders, turning over plenty of ball, while the Roar shooters of Tess Cransberg and Maddi Schultz held strong when the ball was in the shooting circle, as the scored 20 goals to 13.

The Roar extended their lead to nine goals at the major break.

Rangers Head Coach Lorraine English shuffled her midcourt in the second half, but the Roar proved too strong scoring 18 goals to 11 in the third term.

Lindal Rohde was again a driving force in the midcourt for the Roar, as the lead extended to 16 at three quarter time.

Larissa Harrison came on at Goal Shooter in the final term, while Roar defenders Oshiarn Vale and Annabel Saggers were sound in defence.

Roar Head Coach Andrea McCulloch said she wanted to ensure her side bounced back from their first loss of the season last week.

“We were really disappointed with our game last week and we felt that we didn’t play our game so that was our focus at training this week,” she said.

“It wasn’t so much the loss we were disappointed with it was the way we played that we were really disappointed with.”

“We went away from being patient with the ball last week which was what we did really well this week. We moved the ball a lot quicker and we let the ball do the movement a lot more. Defensively we turned over more ball as well.”

The Rangers next take on the Southside Demons while the Western Roar have a bye.

Shooting Statistics

Western Roar

Maddison Schultz 31/38 (82%)

Tess Cransberg 27/30 (90%)

Larissa Harrison (9/10 (90%)

Rangers

Georgia Pitt 41/44 (93%)

Brianna Newnham 4/5 (80%)

Marene Peyper 7/9 (78%)