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Round 4 promises to continue the
trend set in the opening rounds of
Courier League Netball with very
close results the order of the day.
That trend sets the scene for this Saturday’s matches
and ensures loyal supporters have an opportunity to
watch their clubs in action with all results appearing to
be well hidden.
Selecting winners in Round 4 will be tough with our
celebrity tipsters, possibly needing a strong sedative to
calm their collective nerves.
No-one picked the card in Round 3 but Barb Flemming
and Kylie Kleemann managed three winners with the
other panel members selecting two.
Flemming joins Graham Day in top spot while the
others are sitting in equal second place.
This Saturday’s 1.45pm matches are at Woodside and
Ironbank, and given another dose of great weather,
there should be a solid crowd to support the contests.
Lobethal Lutheran host Hahndorf in what promises to
be another close encounter.
Whilst the Lions have held sway in their meetings over
time, the Magpies have produced great early season
form to remain undefeated whilst the Lions lost their
first last Saturday in a hard fought game at Uraidla.
The Magpies also had a solid workout against Nairne
Districts, so both sides should display a hard edge.
The Lions have plenty of incentive to produce a top
effort to honor quality midcourter Stacey Bratton, who
is set to play her 150th game for the club.
She has displayed good form to start the season and
will be searching for strong support from her team-
mates who have shared many of her successes at the
The Magpies have an equally experienced midcourt
led by Kelley Jaensch and Kelly Childs.
I trust I will be joined by many enthusiastic supporters
for this game with the Magpies selected to win a close
Over at Cherry Gardens the other early game features
a rematch of the 2015 grand final when reigning triple
premier Ironbank meet Uraidla.
Both sides are undefeated to this point and should
produce another classic in keeping with their high
The two teams have undergone changes to start the
season, but quality still remains.
The experienced Katie Hart and Hayley Moulds have
returned for the Demons, joining the exciting Emily
Kristen Jenner is settling into her goaling role whilst
evergreen Lauren Parker has displayed great early
form, and her work with Ali Evans in defence has
provided great pressure on their opponents.
Thunderettes goaling duo Zoe Edwards and Kamille
Juanitis will be well aware of the need to produce
top form to take advantage of the feeding and drive
provided by Lauren Davis, Jay Morgan and Stacey
Adding Kerry Watts to the mix to support Steph Duldig
and Lauren LeBasso in clearing the Demons attacks,
I forecast a further close contest with the home side
The 3.30pm games are at Bridgewater and Woodside.
Bridgewater and Nairne Districts meet for the first
time since 2001 when Districts were served by the
previous Nairne-Bremer side.
New players now wear their colors and in the matches
so far, both sides have demonstrated worthiness at
this level despite still searching for a maiden win.
Districts have came agonisingly close in its games
whilst Bridgewater provided great competitiveness
in the opening two games before faltering against
Onkaparinga in Round 3.
Districts have been the more impressive with Heidi
Clark and Maddi Jaensch providing strong work in
the centre with Ali Mather and Melinda Todd offering
Ali Revington, Erin Jaensch and Renae Simmons
complete a very efficient side.
Bridgewater were on the back foot early in the loss
to Onkas but settled to later match the score line until
the final whistle.
The Raiders will need Megan Kearsley and Kelly
Pyman goaling with confidence, while Amelia
Discombe and Nicole Smith can be solid defenders,
with supporting drive by Josie Sadlier.
Jo Virgo also added a lift for after half-time with good
timing and use of space.
The game at Bridgewater deserves a good crowd for
both sides, and I suggest Districts will take the points
in a close battle.
The other late game has Onkaparinga – buoyed by
a strong opening win – hosting Crafers which offered
great resilience in its one-goal loss to Ironbank.
Crafers have greater experience overall with Gayle
Herman and Jess Tamblyn in defence, with Eliza Uren
providing strong support.
Mel England and Alex Lagonik are both astute and
skilled moving forward whilst Kylie Chapman continues
to offer silky skills in the circle and Maddie Hughes has
class in her play.
Crafers have won eight in a row against Onkas,
including the past two at Woodside.
However, Onkas were right on the pace last Saturday,
starting in the centre with Gemma Elliot, Nicole Halsey
and the experienced Sheridan Wilson leading the way.
Forwards Chloe Zerna and Heidi Callins were calm
and composed while goal keeper Jess Bailey was in
top form as was Nadia Manly.
This game should go down to the wire and I expect
Crafers to continue its good form at Woodside.
The game will be preceded by a presentation to honor
umpire Narelle Schaefer, who has been appointed to
umpire her 100th League game.
Premiership Table: (after Round 3): Uraidla 6
(57.51), Hahndorf 6 (56.94), Ironbank 6 (51.60),
Lobethal Lutheran 4 (51.13), Onkaparinga 2 (46.70),
Nairne Districts 0 (48.87), Bridgewater 0 (44.70),
Crafers 0 (43.04).
Results up for grabs
Round 3 Courier League Netball
continued a very competitive
start to the 2015 campaign with
all four matches being keenly
contested on Saturday.
In a round marked by low winning
margins, defending multiple premier
Ironbank just survived a spirited finish
from Crafers to claim a 47-46 victory.
The first quarter featured both teams
shooting with low accuracy.
Crafers goalie Maddie Hughes
successfully rebounded her shots which
initially gave Crafers a two-goal lead at
the start of the game.
Ironbank goalies Zoe Edwards and
Kamille Jauantis quickly settled and their
improved accuracy ensured Ironbank a
one-goal lead at quarter time.
The Thunderettes built on their lead
during the second quarter with defenders
Steph Dulollg and Lauren LoBasso
continuing to make it hard for Crafers to
score, despite increased creativity in the
Centre Jay Morgan, along with wing
defender Kerry Watts, valued all
turnovers and helped Ironbank toward a
lead of five goals at half-time.
Both teams made changes during the
extended break with Crafers bringing
Kylie Chapman into goal attack and
moving Eliza Uren to goal defence in
place of Gayle Herman.
Ironbank replaced Lauren Davis with
Stacey Briggs at wing attack.
The precision passing from Briggs
enable Ironbank to further increase its
lead by seven goals heading into the final
Crafers came out firing in the final
quarter, scoring the opening seven goals.
Chapman created more space in the
goal circle while Hughes shooting with
Crafers defenders Alex Lagonik,
Eliza Uren and Jess Tamblyn created
subsequent turnovers and midcourt
players Melissa England and Mandy
Braddock worked overtime to ensure
Crafers scored off every opportunity.
Crafers held a two-goal lead with only
minutes remaining in the game but
couldn’t convert a critical opportunity
which Ironbank capitalised on to win the
game by the barest of margins.
Nairne just short ... again
Nairne Districts suffered its third narrow
Courier League defeat in losing 34-31
to Hahndorf during a spirited contest at
Mikayla Nicholson provided a strong
target in Hahndorf’s attack end, however,
the long reach of Nikita Block enabled
Nairne to take advantage of early errors
made by Hahndorf.
Consistent feeding by Nairne’s Maddi
Jaensch and Heidi Clark made it difficult
for Hahndorf defenders Katrina Pollard
and Lisa Fyfe to create turnovers.
Ali Mather successfully utilised her
height advantage for Districts and
capitalised on shots close to the post.
Assisted by the accurate shooting skills
of goal shooter Melinda Todd, Nairne
were able to forge to a 10-7 lead at the
While Nairne continued with an
unchanged line up, Hahndorf coach
Louise Treloar calmed the nerves of
the rattled Magpies and switched Tori
Kaelser into the game at wing attack,
moving Kelly Childs to wing defence to
support Fyfe and Pollard.
Treloar’s positional changes proved to
be a masterstroke.
Nairne’s Renae Simmons tirelessly
attempted to increase defensive
pressure, however, Kaelser’s strong
body positioning and bullet passing –
alongside the speed and agility of Kelley
Jaensch – created ample opportunities
for Sam Kew and Nicholson to shine.
Defensive pressure by Jaensch caused
passing errors into Nairne’s attack end
where Childs and Fyfe capitalised on any
Pressure line led to shooting errors,
and coupled with strong rebounding by
Pollard and Fyfe, Nairne were restricted
to three goals for the quarter while
Hahndorf added 13 to open a 20-7
advantage at the long break.
The third quarter reflected a reverse of
the second stanza, with Nairne reverting
to the intensity it displayed early in the
With Pollard rested,Lauren Nitschke
was given the job of stopping Mather,
who had switched with Todd, to allow
Nairne a tall target constantly under the
Ali Revington moved to wing attack
for Nairne, her early accurate feeding
causing a nightmare for Hahndorf’s
Inspired defence from Block and Erin
Jaensch allowed a string of unanswered
goals to be scored in Nairne’s favor.
Defensive pressure from an entire team
desperate for its first win within League
competition led to an error-riddled third
quarter by Hahndorf.
With Nicholson and Kew losing rhythm,
Hahndorf were only able to convert five
goals in 15 minutes, contrasting Nairne’s
explosive efforts which were rewarded
with 13 goals and a one-goal lead at the
Nairne continued with the player
positioning which had worked so well in
the third quarter, while Pollard returned
to the court for Hahndorf in an attempt to
reprise its strong second quarter.
Districts were not prepared to let the
game slip away, however, the experience
of Hahndorf’s senior players guided the
Magpies on an inspired final term charge.
Pollard and Fyfe worked as one,
preventing the main moves of Nairne’s
goalies, while Childs and K. Jaensch
assisted in creating turnovers.
E. Jaensch and Block continued to make
every effort to keep Nairne in the game
and stop Kew and Nicholson, but with a
return of confidence, both were settled
and shot accurately from any range.
High intensity play and capitalising on
turnovers allowed Hahndorf to outscore
Nairne by four goals in the final term to
finish ahead with a tight three-goal buffer.
Hahndorf 34 d Nairne Districts 31
Uraidla 36 d Lobethal Lutheran 32
Onkaparinga 46 d Bridgewater 35
Ironbank 47 d Crafers 46
Torrid contests at the top
Last season’s preliminary final
combatants Uraidla and Lobethal
Lutheran met for what was anticipated
as another tough battle between the
two respected rivals.
Uraidla were the first to score after
winning the toss and electing to take
the centre pass.
The Lutheran Lions countered with a
goal after tight defensive play by Parker
Turnovers by Uraidla allowed the Lions
to take an early lead but intercepts by
Evans and Ayles enabled Demons
goalies Jenner and Moulds to put two
more shots on the scoreboard.
This pattern of play with tight defensive
pressure indicated there was very little
separating the two teams, but Uraidla
managed to squeeze out a two-goal
advantage at quarter time.
The drive of Lions centre court players
Bratton, Harten and Schultz forced
turnovers and a levelling of scores by
Newman and Kendrick in the second
To Uraidla’s credit, Hart, Ayles and
Willsmore continued to work hard with
support from Parker and Evans allowing
Moulds and Jenner to finish off under
the post, even though they came under
extreme pressure from Duckworth and
Lobethal Lutheran gained a goal during
the second quarter and the match was
up for grabs by either team.
During the third quarter a couple of
timely pick ups by Hart, Parker and
Ayles and persistence of Evans put
Uraidla into attack on three more
occasions than the Lions which was
enough to give the Demons a lead of
three goals at three-quarter time.
The final quarter featured Kendrick
being substituted for Duckworth and
Lions Rising Star nominee Courtney
Welsh brought on as goal keeper in an
attempt to curb the influence of Moulds.
At first it seemed to unsettle the
Demons but the sheer determination
of all players on court was exciting to
A couple of do-or-die takes by Evans
and Hart in the centre third allowed
Willsmore and Jenner to keep working
the ball toward Uraidla’s goals, providing
several more scoring opportunities.
In a display of excellent skills by both
teams, Uraidla managed to retain its
undefeated record with a hard fought
Uraidla Demons hold sway
Hahndorf centre Kelley Jaensch (left) accepts an incoming ball on the edge of the goal circle ahead of
Magpies goal shooter Mikayla Nicholson, Nairne Districts goal keeper Nikita Block and wing defender
Renae Simmons and Hahndorf wing attack Kelly Childs (right) during last Saturday’s keenly contested
Courier League Netball encounter which ended in a three-goal victory for the Magpies.
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