Parkes Panthers began Dubbo game on back foot

Panthers' Ash Rosser flies for a mark. Photo by Jenny Kingham.
Panthers' Ash Rosser flies for a mark. Photo by Jenny Kingham.

Parkes Panthers made the tough trip across to Dubbo to take on premiership contenders Dubbo Demons. 

Parkes were always on the back foot before the game had even started with only 12 dedicated girls making the trip.  

The girls knew going into the match that it would be a tough game, with the first major challenge coming before the bounce from the new drink bottles supplied by the Railway Hotel.

After a short skills session the girls mastered them.

Emma Barry impressed early in the ruck, giving Katie Hetherington, Kimberly Dixon and Alex Briton first use of the ball.

However, the experienced Dubbo midfield were able to dominate early.

Late in the first quarter the Panthers put into practice their forward 50 entries, however were unable to impact the scoreboard.

Patricia Reyes was moved into the midfield to play a tagging role and was able to help nullify Dubbo’s midfield runs.

The defensive efforts of Ashley Rosser, Renee Cope and Amy Rosemary were admirable applying plenty of pressure to not give away too many easy goals.

It was a hard ol’ day for the Panthers but Parkes had many inside 50 entries.

But were just not able to affect the scoreboard.

The girls will hit the training track hard this week, knowing that they are facing premiership favourites the Bathurst Bushrangers.

But coach Jonty Ralph said Parkes will head across and show Bathurst that their skills are improving with every game they play.