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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – PAGE 17
MID HILLS NETBALL
Echunga took the upper hand and the lead by four goals
at the first break.
The second term belonged to Mt Barker Lutheran as goal
attack Sheralee Harford found space and displayed deadly
accuracy when facing the post.
Great feeds from centre Dani Barolo and wing attack
Robyn Martin, and excellent support from goal shooter
Jenna Brumpton, had Mt Barker win the quarter by two
goals, however, Echunga still held the lead by two goals
at the long break.
The Demons regrouped and the third quarter belonged
Defenders Jade Vanzo, Felicity Duffield and Jess Bell took
their games up a notch, denying all access to the Lutheran
Echunga’s full court pressure, teamwork and shooting
accuracy resulted in it jumping away to an eight-goal lead
at the final change.
Mt Barker came out firing and throwing everything it had
at Echunga during the fourth quarter to claw back the
deficit to four.
However, Echunga again put its foot down and held off to
Fierce determination and courage were displayed by both
teams during an exciting and well played game.
In a game played in good spirit and great camaraderie,
Hahndorf Lutheran overcame a fast running Mt Barker
From the very first whistle, both team’s defences were put
on notice that they would have plenty of work to do during
During the first quarter, the Mt Barker United defenders
worked hard to turn around many of Hahndorf Lutheran’s
Strong defensive pressure and rebounding by Mel
Lawrence and Aislenn Beattie kept the Lutheran girls
driving the ball out of defence and into attack.
At the end of a tight first quarter, the Lutheran girls were
narrowly ahead 7-6.
In the second quarter Emily Toma and Kirby Toma
found their shooting range and slotted home most of the
Mt Barker United’s coach made some changes to the
midcourt with dramatic effect for the third quarter.
Strong drives and swift movement of the ball helped
United outscore Lutheran to set up a dramatic final quarter.
Both teams were eager to continue the momentum of the
game as the ball moved swiftly up and down the court.
Lutheran’s Alysha Donald, Sarah Luke and Amanda Salha
combined very well to move the ball through the midcourt
to help their team obtain a hard fought victory.
Hahndorf Lutheran defeated Lobethal 35-20 in warm
During the first half both teams were quite even on the
scoreboard, however, Hahndorf’s solid attacking line really
stepped up in the third term to establish a 12-goal lead
heading into the final break.
Hahndorf Lutheran continued with a similar line up in the
fourth quarter to cement a comfortable win.
Mt Barker Lutheran and Woodside produced a tight first
quarter, with neither team taking the ascendancy.
Tough defence from Mt Barker Lutheran’s Sabine
Montague and Sarah Baldock, along with Woodside’s
Jarrah Taylor and Lily Kain, resulted in frequent turnovers
for both sides.
Woodside held a 9-7 leeway at quarter time, while in the
second term, Mt Barker Lutheran centre Abby Lehmann
displayed great attack, providing plenty of ball to sharp
shooting Paige Kleinig, who helped swing Lutheran to a
However, two very late goals from Woodside set up a 17-
16 score at the half-time break.
Moving Woodside’s Jasmine Reid from wing attack into
goal attack was a catalyst, as Reid and Rose Mason tore
the match apart early in the third quarter, taking Woodside
to a 35-21 lead.
Mt Barker Lutheran steadied in the final term but the
Woodside Warriors were too strong and took the match
Mt Barker Lutheran convincingly defeated Hahndorf White
55-7 in the Round 3 clash last Friday night.
Both teams started the game fairly even until Lutheran
settled and began to play strong, fast netball.
Lutheran midcourt players Alicia Harford, Holly Wallace
and Victoria Raidis worked hard in the centre to get the
ball to shooters Georgia Wheatley and Abbey Matsen, who
combined well together in the circle.
Hahndorf produced some great flow down the court
through Lucy Fielke, Hannah Rodert and Jodie Marshall,
but the strong defensive pressure of Lutheran’s Lily Pfitzner
and Amelia Martin shut down Hahndorf’s attack line,
making it difficult for the Magpies to score.
Lutheran made a few changes throughout the game with
Molly Wheatley coming into wing attack, providing great
feeding into the goalies.
Wallace put on a great display of netball with numerous
turnovers throughout the midcourt.
Harford was moved into goals with Matsen and the speed
and accuracy of the Lutheran pair scored an impressive
Hahndorf kept fighting until the final whistle but couldn’t
shut down Lutheran’s speed and determination.
Woodside Warriors Blue started out strongly against
Lobethal with a quick turnover and a goal in the opening
seconds of the game.
Lobethal’s response in defence was strong and made
Woodside goal shooters Lili Christophers and Kelsi Paech
work hard around the ring, with centre court players Cassie
Bungay-Dean, Keziah Liersch and Hannah Melling.
Lobethal fought back and for a while the teams went
goal-for-goal, but strong defence from Woodside’s Ellie
Francis, Imogen Murray and Jess Tasker created valuable
The Warriors made good use of the turnovers and
gradually pulled away to win 26-16.
A cool but dry Friday night had Hahndorf succeeding from
the first whistle in its match against Lobethal Lutheran, with
goal attack Matilda Shotton scoring within the initial minute.
Shotton continued on to score the majority of her team’s
total for the night, and was ably assisted by shooter
Competitive tussles between centre players Yazmin Kane
from Hahndorf and Belinda Coates for the Lions meant
intercepts were frequent, and allowed the Lions to limit the
Magpies to only two goals in the second quarter.
Lobethal Lutheran’s defence moved up a gear, utilising the
height of Ella McIntosh and Mieke Wilkinson to rebound
well under the ring.
Hahndorf also did not allow many balls to penetrate its
opposition’s attack lines, and the Lions were held to a
single score at half-time.
Despite a positive and promising start to the second half,
the Lions had little to match the experience of the Hahndorf
Magpies defenders Holly Ramsby and Tilly McCormack
readily rebounded any loose shots on goal, and speedily
converted possession in defence to their team-mates.
Hahndorf had moments of excellent teamwork, with free
flowing play the length of the court creating space with
Respect for both teams and umpires was obvious and
welcome, and despite the score of 22-2, the match was
never without a feeling of competition and positivity.
Continued Sport 19
Mid Hills A-grade details
Echunga 49 (B. Sheehan) d Mt
Barker Lutheran 40 (S. Harford)
Onkaparinga 45 (A. Smart) d
Littlehampton 30 (E. Chapman)
Hahndorf 37 (T. Steinwedel) d
Mt Barker United 29 (B. Byrnes)
Lobethal Lutheran 38 (T. Ising)
d Lobethal 35 (S. Cowlam).
Lions hunt down Tigers
The local Mid Hills A-grade netball
derby between Lobethal Lutheran
and Lobethal provided a close
contest as usual last Saturday.
There were some exciting passages of
play and full court defensive work from
both teams before the Lutheran Lions
managed to hang on for a 38-35 triumph.
The Lions began well, scoring easily
through accurate shooting from Jade
Newman and Tanya Ising.
The Tigers struggled to find rhythm and
trailed by four goals at the first break.
Changes were made and Alex Edwards
at goal defence for the Tigers began to
have an influence on the game, bringing
the margin back to one goal at half-time.
The third quarter continued to be played
at a fast place, all players displaying great
athleticism and commitment.
Mel Hawkins at centre for the Lions was
creative and set up her team-mates well.
Lobethal’s Alison Pullen continued her
great form and fed goal shooter Millie Tucker
with some precision passing, but the Lions
held onto a four-goal lead at the last break.
The Tigers made more changes trying to
find the winning formula but struggled to
Lions defender Lisa Harding made goal
scoring difficult for the Tigers, as her side
took local bragging rights by three goals.
On a pleasant autumn afternoon at
Woodside, both Hahndorf and Mt Barker
United came ready to play for a win.
Both teams started well with Mt Barker
United’s experienced Alison Tidemann and
Brooke Burns providing plenty of drive and
supplying plenty of ball to Nicole Harders
and Renee Bell for scoring opportunities.
At the other end of the court Hahndorf
goalies Tahlia Steinwedel and Shelby
opportunity, however, United still held the
lead into quarter time.
In the second quarter United unfortunately
had to start without Harders due to what
appeared to be a serious knee injury.
Hahndorf’s defensive line of Amanda
‘Reggie’ Fairley, Annabel Cadzow and
Nirmani Woods held up well during the
Despite great efforts from United’s
defenders, Hahndorf continued to push on
in the third quarter and led at three-quarter
Hahndorf’s midcourt of Phoebe Groth,
Sarah Roberts and Brooke Trenorden
continue to drive the ball forward to create
scoring opportunities which eventually saw
the Magpies run out with a 37-29 victory.
The A-grade game between Onkaparing
and Littlehampton Lightning was hard and
physical in warm conditions.
Both teams were evenly matched in the
first quarter as Chloe Ferguson applied
pressure on Bianca Warner to take some
early intercepts for a three-goal lead at the
Littlehampton’s Rhiannon Lewis and
Nancy Usher put physical pressure on
Onkas goalies Tayla Day and Alice Smart,
but they shot with accuracy under pressure
to gain a seven-goal lead at half-time.
Claire Bryars and Georgina Morcom
worked tirelessly in defence to stop the
movement of Littlehampton goalies Emma
Chapman and Lisa McCarthy.
Onkas centre Kelly Hall kept running
all game against the constant rotation
of opponents Sheridan Achurch, Carly
Petersen and Ella Lawson.
Brianna O’Brien and Laura Challans
had a great contest in the midcourt, while
Challans combined well with Katie Wood in
goals in the final quarter.
At the final whistle Onkas won a tough
Perfect conditions set the scene for an
excellent spectacle between Echunga and
Mt Barker Lutheran on Saturday.
Though Lutheran began with the centre
pass, Echunga were first to score and what
followed was a hard fought well contested
Echunga’s wing attack Emily Bradley and
centre Tiffany Vears quickly settled into
each other’s rhythm as they moved the ball
to their goalies with precision.
Echunga goalies Bridget Sheehan and
Wendy Paech fought tirelessly to find
space away from the ever present Mt
Barker defenders Brittany Pilkington and
Onkaparinga goal defender Claire Bryars grabs a strong rebounding
possession as Onkaparinga goal keeper Georgia Morcom (left) and
Littlehampton goal attack Brianna O’Brien (right) watch on during
Saturday’s Mid Hills Netball Association A-grade clash at Woodside.
Littlehampton Lightning centre player Carly Petersen (right) manages to deflect a ball heading
toward Onkaparinga counterpart Laura Challans in last Saturday’s Round 3 Mid Hills A-grade
match which Onkaparinga won by 15 goals.
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