Dianas defeat Griffith Blacks and return to winning form

CRASH: Aimee Spowart can't avoid her CSU opponent during the Dianas' last home game. The side will return to No. 1 Oval this weekend where they will take on Albury. Photo: Ron Arel

CRASH: Aimee Spowart can't avoid her CSU opponent during the Dianas' last home game. The side will return to No. 1 Oval this weekend where they will take on Albury. Photo: Ron Arel

THE Dianas overcame a feeling they weren’t used to last weekend when they returned to the winner’s list. 

Leeton’s women’s sevens side travelled to Griffith on Friday night where they took on the Blacks and secured a 34-19 win. 

The victory came after the Dianas suffered their first loss in about two years the weekend before against the CSU Reddies. 

After a solid week on the training paddock, the Dianas were ready for the challenge of the Blacks and came out firing. 

Coach Andrew Reilly was pleased to see the side return to form. 

“They played really well,” he said. 

“They were able to get the result by returning to playing their own game. 

“It was good to see them stick to the game plan that we had come up with. 

“They were disciplined and showed improvement in defence.”

Standout players on the day were Rebecca Vaughan and Kaitlyn McKay. 

The match was played in twilight conditions, which had no effect on the Dianas’ dominance. 

This weekend the side will return home to No. 1 Oval on Saturday where they will take on Albury. 

The Dianas have asserted dominance over the Steamers in recent times. 

While that may be the case, Reilly said the side wouldn’t be relying on past performances to get them over the line. 

“We won’t be taking any team lightly this season,” he said. 

“As a team we’re operating under the mantra of respecting all of our opposition and ‘to do what we do and to do it well’.”

Leeton are currently third on the women’s sevens ladder, while Albury are in the unfortunate last position. 

“We have heard Albury are struggling this year, but as I said we won’t be taking them lightly,” Reilly said. 

The Dianas will welcome captain Amie Fazekas back to the side this weekend after she missed last week’s match due to illness. 

Fazekas will likely be the only change to the side. 

The Dianas also have a new young brigade coming through this year. 

“They really stepped it up last weekend too,” he said. 

“It’s a pretty well-rounded side with the new players and the more experienced ones.”

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