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Newly promoted Bridgewater
and Nairne Districts both once
again displayed very competitive
form during last Saturday’s indoor
Round 2 Courier League Netball
In a clash at the Mt Lofty Sports Centre in
Heathfield, the Raiders provided a serious
challenge to defending multiple premier
Ironbank before the Thunderettes eased
away to win 56-47.
A turnover from the first centre pass by
Bridgewater set the scene for a tight first
quarter in the late afternoon contest.
A hard and fast first quarter featured both
teams moving the ball quickly down the
Bridgewater capitalised on unforced errors
by Ironbank and accurately converted
through goal shooter Megan Kearsley and
goal attack Kelly Pyman, and scores were
level at the first break on 13 goals apiece.
An improved second quarter by Ironbank
featured hard drive from the midcourt.
Centre Lauren Davis and wing attack
Stacey Briggs fed well into the circle.
Although Bridgewater goal keeper Nicole
Smith and goal defender Amelia Discombe
pressured every pass, Ironbank goal attack
Kamille Juauntis steadied and converted.
Unforced errors by the Thunderettes
continued to prove costly but a timely
intercept by Ironbank wing defender Kerry
Watts sent the ball into the goal circle,
allowing Ironbank to hold a slender 26-25
lead heading into half-time.
Changes by both teams at the long break
had Bridgewater resting Amelia Discombe
who was replaced by Amy Kotz.
Ironbank rested Kerry Watts, Lauren Davis
moved to wing defence and Jay Morgan
came into play at centre.
The Thunderettes had to dig deep in the
third quarter as intercepts by Bridgewater
centre Tennille Millard and wing atack Jo
Virgo turned the ball over.
Ironbank created fast and accurate
passages of play through the centre
through wing defender Davis, centre
Morgan and Briggs.
Goal shooter Zoe Edwards used her
height and speed in the circle, and finding
the ring, accurately converted.
Despite relentless pressure at all passes,
an improved quarter by Ironbank presented
it with a 39-36 lead at the final change.
Ironbank goal keeper Steph Duldig and
goal defender Lauren LoBasso intercepted
passes and secured the rare rebounds
during the fourth quarter.
Sending the ball down the court with
pin-point accuracy allowed Edwards and
Juauntis to accurately convert for Ironbank.
Bridgewater wing defender Josie Saddlier
continued to make each Ironbank centre
pass difficult for Briggs, but by using
her vast experience, she settled and
Ironbank had a sniff of victory and lifted
another notch and while Bridgewater
continued to play hard and fast, fighting
at every opportunity, Ironbank ran out with
victory by nine goals.
The other match at Heathfield featured
Uraidla taking on Crafers, with both teams
making a shaky start.
Ironbank 56 d Bridgewater 47
Uraidla 41 d Crafers 27
Lobethal Lutheran 37 d Nairne
Hahndorf 44 d Onkaparinga 30
The wonderful attendance for the first
of the Courier League Netball indoor
fixtures last Saturday was a most
pleasing feature of Round 2.
While netball followers took advantage of viewing
the elite players in action, once again Nairne Districts
and Bridgewater both displayed competitiveness with
the former losing in a heart stopper, and Bridgewater
demonstrating it will ensure strong contests as the
2015 seasons unfolds.
This Saturday’s matches return to the home and
away format, with the 1.45pm game at Woodside
featuring Hahndorf hosting Nairne Districts for what
promises to be classic contest.
Whilst the Magpies have won their two opening
games, Districts have performed most creditably in
However, Nairne will not be happy with ‘credible’
losses and should it continue to exert the level of
competitiveness displayed in the initial two rounds,
the Magpies will have a genuine run for their money.
I was thrilled to witness Districts for the first time on
Saturday and could not help to but admire the overall
talent, skill and endeavor.
Supporters should flock to Woodside to watch the
drive of Heidi Clark and Maddi Jaensch, and their
combination with Ali Mather and Melinda Todd up
forward is astute.
The defensive unit of Ali Revington, Erin Jaensch
and Renae Simmons is also one of quality.
Hahndorf have started the season well with Kelley
Jaench, Kelly Childs and Lauren Nitschke providing
Up forward the fast moving Sam Kew and the strength
of Tori Kaesler have met their challenges, and Katrina
Pollard and Lisa Fyfe are two top defenders with their
qualities consistently on display.
This match promises much with the Magpies likely
to win narrowly.
The other 1.45pm game is at Uraidla where the
Demons will host the Lobethal Lutheran Lions in what
should be another great clash between these two
highly regarded combatants.
The Lions have usually found the Demons at home
a real handful, having taken the points in the past four
matches at the venue.
Both sides have won the opening two rounds and I
expect a continuance of the great rivalry.
I look forward to watching the new Demons Kristen
Jenner, Ali Evans and Bethany Frith.
The Lions also have a group of young players with
Ashleigh Broadbent and Courtney Welsh added to
the youth of Amy Schultz and Kyla Newman.
Whilst this should again be close contest, in keeping
with recent traditions, I expect the Demons to win.
The late game at Woodside has Onkaparinga
hosting Bridgewater and provides the opportunity for
a maiden win for both sides.
This is first ever meeting of the teams and a kick start
is desperately needed to build confidence.
Bridgewater have displayed a greater level of
competitiveness in its losses and have a greater depth
of experience in the side.
The Bridgewater Raiders have Megan Kearsley and
Kelly Pyman in the ring and Jess Bailey and Nadia
Manly will need to match them, whilst Chloe Zerna
and Heidi Callins will be searching to maximise their
opportunities for Onkas.
I feel the Raiders form at this early stage is a little in
front of Onkas and should gain their first points in the
However, there is plenty of interest in this match
and a good crowd of supporters will lift all players
The other late match is at Crafers which will host
The visitors have required to pull out alls tops to
gain the points in the opening rounds against Nairne
Districts and Bridgewater whilst Crafers have found
the defences of Hahndorf and Uraidla difficult to
The Thunderers have Kamille Juanitis and Zoe
Edwards finding touch, whilst Crafers duo Maddie
Hughes and Kylie Chapman have been denied many
opportunities from the experienced defenders of
Uraidla and Hahndorf.
They will be searching for opportunities to be
provided by Mel England’s drive and know how, and
the driving support from Eliza Uren, Gayle Herman
and Jess Tamblyn.
These defenders will need to limit the Thunderettes
chances with strong performances to provide the
chance for a victory at home.
The visitors have won the past five encounters whilst
Crafers last victory over the Thunderettes was at
I expect Ironbank to gain the points but home court
support is always provides a great lift ... whether this
will prove a factor, time will tell.
Our tipsters were in good form in Round 2 with all
picking the card, except Karen ‘Daisy’ Newman in
seeking an advantage by selecting Bridgewater to
upset Ironbank, but that was not to be.
Newman will be keen to make amends this Saturday
as games provide a selection challenge, but the panel
overall will, in my opinion be hard pressed to pick the
Premiership table (after Round 2): Uraidla 4
(60.00), Hahndorf 4 (59.03), Lobethal Lutheran 4
(53.94), Ironbank 4 (52.69), Nairne Districts 0 (49.36),
Bridgewater 0 (45.36), Onkaparinga 0 (40.46), Crafers
New teams settle
In a fast paced game each made
vital errors and missed goal scoring
opportunities resulting in a low scoring
During the first quarter Crafers defenders
Gayle Herman and Jess Tamblyn worked
hard in the goal circle to shut down
They created much needed turnovers and
rebounded soundly as Uraidla had a 11-4
advantage at the break.
In the second quarter Crafers made
changes to its midcourt as Kirsty Lawson
was moved into wing defence to try and
stop the speed and drive of Uraidla wing
attack Emily Willsmore.
Accurate shooting by Hayley Moulds and
Kristin Jenner boosted Uraidla in attack,
giving the Demons a small ascendancy.
Crafers goalies Maddie Hughes and
opportunities and Uraidla’s defenders Alli
Evans and Lauren Parker took advantage
to rebound strongly.
Evans, wing defender Emily Ayles and
Katie Hart – returning to Courier League
ranks after a knee reconstruction – drove
the ball quickly out of defence, often
leaving Crafers a step behind.
Crafers were kept to just two goals in the
second quarter, and Uraidla made changes
at half-time, bringing on the athletic Kelly
Bahr in goals, where she combined well
with new recruit Jenner.
Crafers moved Melissa England into wing
attack where she continued to feed the
goalies with precision passing.
Uraidla continued to edge forward
although Crafers never gave in and held
strong on every contest.
During the fourth term Crafers finally
found momentum in attack and Hughes
perfected her range in the goal circle and
Both sides scored 10 goals but Uraidla
had been the more consistent team on the
night and earned a 41-27 win to cement top
place on the ladder.
In the pink
There was a great splash of pink in the
Adelaide Hills Recreation Centre at Mt
Barker to support the National Breast
Cancer Awareness campaign as Lobethal
Lutheran and Nairne Districts took the
court for the early evening Round 2 clash.
A very good crowd of supporters were
treated to hard fought, well contested
match played in great spirit.
Nairne Districts started strongly with its
opening intensity forcing the Lions on to
the back foot, scoring the initial four goals
before the opposition could barely blink.
Continued Sport 19
Newcomers impress again
Lobethal Lutheran Lions goal attack Colette Kendrick (right) searches to pass further forward to the
circle as Nairne Districts goal defender Erin Jaensch provides a barrier during the Lions thrilling
one goal victory in last Saturday’s indoor round of Courier League Netball fixtures at the Adelaide
Hills Recreation Centre in Mt Barker.
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