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2015 Jill May Carnival 13 & Under champion ... Mid Hills (1) ... (rear from left) coach Paul Beattie,
Ashleigh Schulz, Victoria Raidis, Abbey Matsen, Alicia Harford, Georgia Wheatley and Amelia White.
Front: Mika de Bruyn, Sarah Slade, Chloe Edmonds and Abby Naughton.
The 2015 Mid Hills Netball
Association representative season
was launched on Sunday, April 26
with participation in the annual Jill
May carnival at Strathalbyn.
The Mid Hills 13 & Under team had a
successful initial outing, emerging with
The girls started strongly against an
Elizabeth (2) team, with Georgia Wheatley
playing solidly in defence as she intercepted
and repelled many an opposing attacking
Ashleigh Schulz drove the attacking third
strongly, continually outmanoeuvring her
opponent to give Mid Hills good use of the
ball and at the end of the game, Mid Hills
ran out with a comprehensive 22-2 victory.
The Round 2 clash against Elizabeth (1)
started at a fast tempo with Amelia White
taking an early intercept to push Mid Hills
Chloe Edmonds moved swiftly to drive the
ball out of defence to her team-mates, and
Mid Hills were again able to gain a sizeable
The third game provided a derby
encounter against Mid Hills (2), and both
representative teams put on a great display
of skills across the court.
Quick movement and strong driving by
Alicia Harford gave her team good use
of the ball, while Sarah Slade finished off
Following a high quality game, Mid Hills (1)
took the honors.
Oakdale were the next opponent in a game
where both teams had to work hard for
A skilful game ensued with Mid Hills
eventually winning 15-10.
Following a bye, Mid Hills took on the
hosting Great Southern association,
and both teams ran hard, making every
Victoria Raidis moved swiftly, bringing the
ball out of defence and passing to a leading
Great Southern girls amassed a comeback
in the second half but the Mid Hills girls ran
out with a 14-11 success.
The closing game of the minor rounds
provided a meeting against neighboring
From the first whistle, both teams exerted
a lot of pressure causing many turnovers.
Mika de Bruyn worked the defensive circle
well as she intercepted and repelled many
attacking drives, while Abbey Matsen moved
quickly around the court to continually put
Mid Hills into attack.
After a highly competitive encounter, Mid
Hills gained a slender 7-6 victory which set
up a grand final meeting against Oakdale.
The Oakdale girls were keen to atone for
their Round 4 loss but the Mid Hills girls
were up to the challenge.
Strong drives and passing enabled Mid
Hills to hold a solid 13-3 advantage at half-
Both teams changed their line up for the
second half, however, Mid Hills continued
to control proceedings and took out the final
and carnival honors with a 20-11 result.
The 13 & Under Mid Hills (2) combination
had a tough draw with the pool consisting
of Mid Hills (1), Division 1 and 2 teams
from Elizabeth, Oakdale Phoenix, the Great
Southern representative team and the Hills
The first game was against Elizabeth (1)
and Mid Hills started strongly, intercepting
the ball consistently during the first half of
Mid Hills were fortunate to have Taylor
Moffat from Under 11 ranks filling in and
her defensive work in the circle, along
with Karlani Angwin, proved to be a great
combination throughout the day.
The combination of midcourt players
Georgia Webb, Molly Wheatley, Molly
Casey and Imogen Murray all defended
and attacked well to bring the ball down the
court for a good win.
The second match was against Hills in wet
Hills proved to be a strong opposition and
quickly took a strong lead.
During the second half Webb unfortunately
took a bad fall in the wet and was replaced
quickly by Alannah Taylor, who competently
stepped into the role at centre.
Although goalies Jemma Lawson and
Maddison Stapleton shot well, Mid Hills (2)
were unable to win the game.
The next few games were against Mid
Hills (1), Great Southern and Oakdale
and unfortunately although the team
fought hard, losses resulted in each of the
The final game for the day was against
Elizabeth (2) and Mid Hills started slowly
and finished the first half five goals behind.
With a few changes to the team the girls
went back on and played strongly to finish
with a draw on the siren.
Overall it was a great carnival experience
for all the Mid Hills (2) girls.
15 & Under
Mid Hills (1) started its Jill May carnival
campaign with a derby match against Mid
Hills (2) in wet conditions.
In a great contest, Mid Hills (1) held the
lead at the break, but Mid Hills (2) opened
the second half strongly, shooting five
successive goals to close the gap.
However, some accurate shooting from
Mia Liddy and multiple intercepts from
Sophie Rhodes got Mid Hills (1) over the
Hills were next on the agenda, and coming
off a Round 1 win, Mid Hills maintained
great team work in the first half.
Hills launched a strong second half and
forced errors from Mid Hills.
The pressure exerted by Hills changed the
complexion of the game and produced a
The weather conditions cleared and Mid
Hills were able to regroup for a win in the
next round over Elizabeth.
Improved placement of the ball and
communication around the court were
major factors for Mid Hills.
Lauren Schwarz applied great pressure
around the ring to create turnovers which
were transported through midcourt by
Chloe Schaefer and Rhodes and into
goalies Ashleigh Hill and Liddy, allowing
Mid Hills to gain a clear 18-5 win.
Mid Hills maintained its good team work
around the court during the next round
against Woods Panthers (1).
Kashmir Alland and Claudia Sabeeney
teamed well in the defensive circle to set
up many turnovers, assisting Mid Hills to a
As Georgia Buchecker fed the ball well
into the goals, Mid Hills followed up with an
18-4 success against Woods Panthers (2),
leading into a clash with Oakdale.
It proved a great battle as Oakdale pushed
the Mid Hills girls all the way, as both teams
fought hard for the ball.
While Mid Hills held the advantage at half-
time, Oakdale came out strongly in the
second half and gained the upper hand.
The ball was turned over many times by
both teams before a goal was scored.
In a competitive and exciting conclusion,
Oakdale grabbed the advantage in the final
moments to post a tight 16-15 win.
Mid Hills completed its schedule with a
clash against Great Southern, but were on
the back foot right from the outset.
Great Southern proved to be a well drilled
and combined unit with few mistakes, and
proved far too good to get home by 24-4 .
Mid Hills (2) gained some great experience
at the carnival, facing some tough
competition in a combined 15 & Under
grade against top tier opponents.
The first game against Mid Hills (1)
provided a good standard, and the second
string team trailed by only five goals at half-
Through the stellar efforts of goal defender
Catie Slade and goal keeper Katie Roberts,
Mid Hills (2) were only defeated by three
goals at the final whistle.
The second match provided a 12-6 victory
for Mid Hills (2) over an under developed
Elizabeth side, with a great shooting
partnership formed between goal attack
Jasmine Reid and goal shooter Paige
Kleinig and wing attack Briella Duffield.
Next up was a tight tussle against Hills,
and while Mid Hills led by a goal at the
interval, Hills powered away in the last half
to win 14-11.
The Mid Hills (2) girls were ready for a win
and meeting Woods Panthers (2) in the next
round allowed that to happen.
Wing defender Hannah Gast performed
solidly and was well supported by wing
attack Rhea Cameron, and with all players
combining well, the team came away with
an eight-goal victory.
Mid Hills (2) followed up with a meeting
against Woods Panthers (1), and after
struggling to find their feet, the girls peeled
away to a six-goal triumph, assisted by
some exceptional shooting by Megan
The final two games of the day brought the
injection of fresh legs into midcourt with Ella
Lawson joining the team.
Despite the new energy and combinations
on the court, the girls were unable to come
away with another win, losing to both Great
Southern and Oakdale by considerable
The carnival proved to be a great stepping
stone and an introduction to ‘carnival life’
for the Mid Hills (2) girls, who look forward
to improving their game and being more
competitive at the next carnival on home
turf during May.
17 & Under
Being a week prior to the commencement
of regular club competition, the Strathalbyn
carnival provided the first hit out for the 17
& Under players after a long pre-season
Mid Hills met Elizabeth in the first round
and took a little while to settle back into
Courtney Jaensch and Bec Rice cut
Elizabeth’s wing attack out of the centre
pass which created turnovers and the pair
provided strong drives into attack.
A concerted team effort from Mid Hills
provided a solid 32-16 win.
A local derby against Hills is always an
anticipated match and scores were locked
for a long period of the first half before the
defensive efforts of Alex Edwards and Jess
Coates enabled Mid Hills to make the break.
Hills responded late in the game but Mid
Hills took the result 21-15.
Carnival season under way
A lack lustre warm up carried into the game against Great
Southern and Mid Hills could not match the intensity and
team work of the hosting association and lost 32-13.
After refuelling and refocusing, Mid Hills responded in the
next round against Oakdale.
Bec Taheny and Kylie de Bruyn created scoring
opportunities with a strong focus on space and the ball.
The duo capped of their hard work with strong finishes as
goals came at a steady rate, while Danielle Green slotted
into the team nicely after being called in as a reserve.
Strong efforts at the ball created opportunities for the team
and Mid Hills took the game 25-17.
Sealing a grand final berth was the focus leading into the
clash against Woods Panthers.
Charlie Weeks set the tone for an explosive half with a
strong attack on the ball, and her drives onto the circle
opened up the court and space for the goalies.
Lily Fox took control of the goal circle, finding space
with strong holds, and accurate finishing provided a 27-2
advantage at half-time.
The Mid Hills girls continued to push through the final 15
minutes and worked to a 48-8 win.
Determined to bring out their best in the final with a
rematch against Great Southern, Mid Hills started in
Harder and tougher efforts due to a higher workrate paid
dividends early, and turnovers through full court pressure
gave Mid Hills a four-goal lead, before Great Southern
responded to draw level at the interval.
Despite determined contests and a strong team effort from
Mid Hills throughout the game, Great Southern steadied
and took the 17 & Under honors by nine goals.
Highly experienced Crafers
recruit Kylie Chapman (front
lel ft) takes possession in the circle
ahead of team-mate Maddie
Hughes and Hahndorf goal
keeper Katrina Pollard during
Saturday’s Round 1 Courier
League Netball clash which
Hahndorf won 41-29.
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