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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – PAGE 19
The Courier League game between Onkas and Bridgewater had a
great build up, as both teams were keen for an opening win.
Both teams came out attacking the ball hard from the first whistle.
Nicole Halsey gave strong leads against her Raiders opponent Jamie-Lee Burns,
and Onkas held a two-goal margin at the first change.
Onkas defenders Jessica Bailey and Nadia Manley hunted the ball and picked off
many incoming passes, pressuring Bridgewater’s goalies Kristie Pope and Megan
By half-time, Onkas had increased its advantage to eight goals.
Gemma Elliot provided fresh legs for Onkas in centre court during the third quarter,
enjoying a good tussle with Bridgewater centre Jennille Millard.
Kate Hochuli put pressure on Raiders opponents Leah Davies and Jo Virgo, helping
to produce numerous turnovers.
Sheridan Wilson drove the ball into Onkas goalies Chloe Zerna and Heidi Callins
who shot with good accuracy.
Bridgewater defenders Amelia Discombe, Jamie-Lee Burns, Nicole Smith and Josie
Saddler worked hard to stop Onkas, but the girls in gold ran away with a 46-35 for their
first League premiership points of 2015.
Onkas break through
The Mid Hills asso-
ciation will provide a
taste of the upcoming
World Netball Cup
Championship Trophy will
be visiting the annual Mid
Hills carnival at Woodside
The trophy will visit the
Adelaide Hills as part of a
national tour designed to
give netball fans a once-in-
a-generation opportunity to
view and be photographed
with the trophy.
Created in 1995 and
presented at that year’s
Netball World Cup in
Birmingham, the trophy was
lovingly restored in 2014, in
readiness for presentation
at 2015 Netball World Cup
to be held in Sydney during
The trophy tour plans to
travel over 25,000km in
three months, with visits to
all Australian States and
Territories, with priority
being given to netball major
events and competitions,
such as the Mid Hills
MT BARKER SQUASH
By Stephen Wilkinson
In spite of assurances that several dark
stains and chips out of the floor were nothing
more than damage caused by over exuberant
children, Mt Barker Squash League players
were not fooled.
The past couple of weeks had featured carnage
on the courts of epic proportions with many players
mysteriously absent while others attempted to infiltrate
Although rumors abounded that this was all some grand
Sith plot it was clear from the scale of the deceptions
that all teams were at least in part to blame.
A pensive crowd gathered at the Adelaide Hills
Recreation Centre last Friday night for some further
Round 12 intense competition.
First on court one was Rebel ace Raice Kincaid and an
ever improving Wookie Wendy Pope.
With preternatural timing, Pope began well, tracking
Kincaid’s movements and cutting off all her usual
However, Kincaid’s court sense soon asserted itself
and she changed her game to recapture the lead and
the first game.
Pope was not so easily dismissed and came back
strongly in the second stanza, thrilling the crowd by
running down everything and winning some long rallies
to draw level at one apiece.
The third and fourth games continued the arm wrestle,
both players using all of the skills at their disposal in an
entertaining duel of squash wits.
The long rallies began to take their toll on Pope and
toward the end she made a few errors which allowed
Kincaid to grab the lead and match 15-11, 15-17, 15-10,
Fired up Rebel Andrew Strauss strode onto the court
seeking to continue the bloodletting of the previous
weeks and decorate his trophy wall with a fine Wookie
Wookie Shane Patterson appeared somewhat
disconcerted and got off to a shaky start.
He rushed many of his shots and went for winners
which were not there while Strauss coolly kept the ball in
play and waited for Patterson’s mistakes.
Patterson lost the initial two games in quick succession
but the imminent approach of the skinner’s blade drew
back his focus and he fought hard in the third.
Strauss had gained too much momentum and he
took the match 15-6, 15-4, 15-12, only to find Paterson
scampering out of the court desperate to retain his hide.
Rebel captain Matt Peterson was a little confused
when Bounty Hunter Keith Bridgeman took the place of
Wookie leader Joe White.
Promoted from the second rank and reserving for the
opposition, Bridgeman hoped to earn a special bounty
by catching Peterson unawares.
It seemed as though this gambit might pay off as
Bridgeman ran down some loose shots by Peterson,
and engaged in long rallies, winning some with blistering
Shaking off his shock Peterson settled back into
his usual clinical squash placement, and although
Bridgeman battled manfully, he could not cause an upset
and fell 15-9, 15-6, 15-5.
The final match had Wookie Josh Buckley facing off
against Rebel pilot Peter Moore.
Moore began the game as though he was out to blast
Buckley off the court, rushing to an 8-1 lead.
An audible snapping sound was then heard as Moore’s
concentration broke and into the silence Buckley’s
growling ferocity grew.
Launching himself at a waivering Moore, Buckley
blasted all the centre court shots and pressured Moore
into rushing his shots, claiming the first game.
Seemingly in a daze, Moore quickly fell in the second
stanza and seemed to be completely rattled.
Managing to bring his focus back, Moore contested the
third game with rallies and a far better shot choice to
force a fourth.
However, Buckley didn’t slacken his concentration and
closed out the match 16-4, 15-6, 11-15, 15-12, although
it was a small conciliation as the Rebels took the night’s
Return of the Jedi
Following a couple of bloody defeats in the previous
weeks, the Jedi were keen to make amends against arch
rivals the Sith.
First into the fray was young Jedi padawan Dylan
Williams against the rising power of Sith apprentice
Elliot began the match displaying his ever growing
talent and selecting good length tight shots which forced
Williams to use all of his Jedi speed to keep him in the
With the first game under his belt, Elliot decided to fully
embrace the Dark side and let the power flood through
him in an effort to crush his Jedi foe.
This tide of force proved too much for him and he began
to rush his shots and mistime the ball, making many
errors and leaving the ball in the centre of the court more
often than not.
Williams fully capitalised on Elliot’s power drunk
judgement and ruthlessly dispatched his wayward shots
to all parts of court.
Williams quickly gained ascendancy and closed out the
match 11-15, 15-5, 15-5, 15-7
Sith reserve Kym Schutz faced reserve Jedi Gary Scott
in a tense encounter.
Neither player had faced each before so both started
cautiously testing each other out with sound squash
tactics, keeping the ball long, deep and tight.
Points fluctuated during the first game and went right
down to the wire before Schutz managed to capitalise on
a loose ball and slam a winner.
The second game featured Schutz playing some very
fine shots, digging the ball out of the left back corner and
boasting it to drop down the front proving a consistent
Scott came back in the third game, returning to trading
points, but once again it was Schutz who managed to
get and maintain an early break to win 16-14, 15-7, 15-
Next onto the court was Sith lord Lok Nethercott against
Jedi master Paul Kinlough.
Kinlough opened with his usual scything deep shots
while Nethercott ran down everything and kept the ball
tight against the wall.
Uncharacteristically, Kinlough threw in a few drop shots
and lobs which caught Nethercott off guard and proved
the difference in the first couple of games.
In the third game Nethercott continued to apply the
pressure and toward the end a rash of errors from
Kinlough allowed him to take the game.
Kinlough returned in the fourth game seemingly
reinvigorated and began to produce some of his classic
meteoric smashes – combined with his extraordinary
reach – leaving Nethercott no room for reply.
Kinlough quickly claimed the game and the match 15-
12, 16-14, 12-15, 15-4.
The last two combatants to face each other were
Sith High Chancellor Trevor Keen and Jedi Stephen
From the outset it was clear that Keen had been
spending too much time in the senate orchestrating
mayhem from behind the scenes as his timing appeared
to have fled him.
Wilkinson’s rocketing serves had keen spraying the
ball to the centre of the court where they were eagerly
dispatched, and it was only seldom that Keen was able
to unleash him devastating left hand drive to good effect.
The second game provided intensity from Wilkinson
rarely seen and Keen fell rapidly to the many deep drives
and tight drops.
Rallying in the third game, Keen used his pace to run
down everything he could and won some long hard
fought rallies, but in the end it was Wilkinson’s night and
his placement gave him the final game and match 15-9,
It allowed the Jedi to regroup with a 3-1 win for the
The Alliance builds
The game between Lobethal and Mt
Barker Lutheran started off well, with
goal keeper Georgia Samardzic and
goal defender Imogen Massey making a
formidable team, resulting in Lobethal only
shooting two goals during the first quarter.
During the second quarter Mt Barker
Lutheran made two quick goals with goal
shooter Sophie Cushway and goal attack
Sarah Stichel shooting one each.
Lobethal shot its third goal in the second
Lobethal hit back in term three and were
able to score another goal.
Even though Mt Barker Lutheran were able
to keep the ball down its end of the court,
it was unable to shoot any goals due to
Lobethal’s defensive team.
During the fourth quarter, Lobethal scored
its final two goals.
Mt Barker Lutheran’s wing defender
Sophie Field, Tamika Male in goal defence,
Samardzic at goal keeper and Massey at
centre kept Lobethal from further scoring.
While both teams played a fantastic game,
Lobethal defeated Mt Barker Lutheran 6-2.
Hahndorf started its match against
Birdwood strongly with two goals in the
initial couple of minutes by goalies Ariel
Boyce and Amy-Lee Shotton, supported
by Gemma Grivell at wing attack and Sofia
Mucci at centre.
This included great turnovers by Hahndorf
wing defender Eloise Williams, Tegan
Lynagh at goal defence and Bella Sanders-
Wills at goal keeper.
There was good combination passing and
transition from defence to attack from both
Birdwood fought hard to bring the score
back to 2-2 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Sanders-Wills
shifted to the running wing defence position
and Amelia Edwards came in for Hahndorf
as goal keeper.
The game was a tight tussle as the evenly
matched teams worked continuously trying
to get the upper hand in their attacking
By half-time Birdwood had came up
trumps with a 4-3 advantage.
The third quarter was the comeback period
for Hahndorf with position changes for the
entire team during the half-time break.
Charolotte Gallasch came on as goal
shooter for Hahndorf and shot accurately
early in the quarter.
Movement and passing was terrific
and defensive play was focused, giving
Hahndorf a 6-4 lead.
During the final quarter the momentum
stayed with Hahndorf with the final score
Overall, there was fabulous teamwork and
effort by both the Birdwood and Hahndorf
Lions hunt down Tigers
Continued from Sport 17
Nairne Districts goal keeper Nikita Block (far left) reaches high to snare
a strong rebound during Hahndorf ’s victory over her side in Saturday’s
Courier League Netball fixture.
Lobethal RSL president Kingsley Paul
presented Summertown’s Jade Carter with
the Constance Jean Bonython Anzac Medal
following the Hills Netball Association
A-grade match against Ironbank on May 2.
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