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On the other wing Nicole Weidenhofer
linked with Hart effectively for Lions to score
through Tanya Ising and Sarah Lancaster.
Her opponent Phoebe Roberts provided
pressure and assisted clearances set
up by defenders Alex Edwards and
Sintra Cowlam. At the other end, Kailey
Maczkowiak produced classy shooting with
high loop and accuarcy.
With Kristen Jenner steadily working
into the game, the Tigers took a two-goal
advantage after both Karla Newman and
Kellie Harten had contested strongly to end
a quality opening term.
The Lions trailed 12-10 to start the second
quarter and rested Harten for Jessica
Coates, Rhodes for Sasha de Kievet,
whilst the Tigers added Claudia Taylor for
The changes did not alter the intensity of
the contest, but Jenner began to find her
range and took the Tigers further into the
Lobethal Lutheran made unforced errors
to turnover the ball in attack as Pullen and
Kleeman capitalised to set up opportunities
for the Tigers and helped Lobethal edge
further ahead 26-19 at half-time.
Rain then set in and added extra chill to
contend with, but it was Lobethal which
handled the conditions better.
The Lions returned Harten for Coates in
defence and Rhodes for de Kievet, whilst
Lobethal returned Roberts for Kleeman.
The wet ball was not handled by the Lions
as well as their opponents and resulted in
scoring a miserly two goals, as Edwards
and Cowlam mopped up spilt balls.
Jenner and Maczkowiak fared better and
helped put the Tigers in command 37-21 at
The Lions moved Hart to wing attack with
Weidenhofer to centre, with Newman to
goal keeper and Coates taking her spot.
Lancaster and Ising continued in goaling
positions as the teams started the final
The changes produced successive goals
for Lobethal Lutheran through strong
clearances by Coates, Newman and
The Tigers steadied but lost Pullen to injury
which enabled Kleeman to move to centre.
The last quarter was very tight and
contesting was strong despite the damp
The Lions won the term 7-6 but the Tigers
took the valuable points and the bragging
rights after winning the derby 43-28.
Lobethal now sit on the cusp of the top four
in its return season to League competition.
Under 11 Div 1
Mt Barker Lutheran secured a 24-16
victory over Hahndorf.
A fast start by Mt Barker in the first quarter
was aided by accurate shooting and
effective link-up play across the court.
The first quarter ended the Lutheran girls
leading 9-1, before positional changes –
together with greater intensity across the
court – resulted in Hahndorf outscoring Mt
Barker 5-3 in the second quarter.
Great efforts by both teams resulted in
six goals each in the third quarter, while
the final quarter was tight with Mt Barker
having a 6-4 advantage.
However, the brisk opening term did the
damage and proved too much for Hahndorf
to reel in, Mt Barker Lutheran taking the
Under 11 Div 3
Lobethal and Mt Barker started the game
slowly and with a few mistakes, obviously a
little rusty after the week off.
Scoring was difficult but the Tigers
eventually got going with some great play
from goalies Willow Tindale-Dugan and
Mt Barker Lutheran got its act together
during the second quarter.
Alisha Harry and Marella Day got more
of the ball and scored accurately for their
team, providing a close contest at half-time.
Both teams remained unchanged and
the game stayed very close, as Lobethal
defenders Hailee Tucker and Evie Simpson
worked very hard to take many intercepts.
At the other end, Mt Barker Lutheran’s
Joda Sharp and Georgie Shultz were doing
The last quarter was much the same, no
team giving an inch.
Mackenzie Hocking moved to centre
for the Tigers and played one of her best
games for the season, having a great battle
with Lutheran rival Quinn Garwood.
A 4-4 draw was a fitting result for two
teams battling to keep their spot in the top
Onkas maintain lead
MT BARKER SQUASH
By Jenny Blanchard
and Stephen Wilkinson
After the word spread from last season’s
intense duels, this season’s Mt Barker squash
competition has been overwhelmed by new
recruits eager to test their mettle.
Boasting five teams of five players, the night’s combats
loomed as protracted affairs where only the most
determined will survive.
As the various factions arrived, the buzz intensified from
the multitude at the Adelaide Hills Recreation Centre,
braying for the action to begin.
The captains of the teams assessed their enlargened
forces and tried to calm the nervousness of the regular
Soon the appetite of the gathered throng was whetted
when it was announced the Sith would face their allies
the Imperial Forces and the Rebels would encounter the
Imperials and Sith engaged in a tight battle for
supremacy, both teams eager to get off to a good start.
Up from the junior ranks, Squad Leader Lenny Westley
put in up courageous fight against Sith foe Marilyn Finlay.
Westley’s speed around the court won a number of
fierce rallies, his willingness to chase down everything
However, he had no real answer to the deceptively slow
lob serve which Finlay used to quell any of the youthful
pace Westley brought to the encounter.
Finlay’s winning score of 15-12, 17-15, 15-13 reflected
the closeness of the encounter.
Grand Moff Glenn Drewitt stormed onto the court to take
the first game 15-8 against Sith lord Luke Grindrod.
Drewitt’s mendacious style had Grindrod setting up for
all the wrong returns and he seemed to have no answers
to his placement.
As the match progressed Grindrod seemed to come to
terms with Drewitt’s game and he stepped on the gas to
take the second game 16-14 in a tie-breaker.
The pace of the initial two games appeared to have
used up all of Drewitt’s energy, as Grindrod increasingly
felt the Force and breezed to a 3-1 win.
Commodore Kaye Lucas and Sith Jenny Blanchard
went neck and neck throughout their match, playing a
similar style of lob serves and tight drop shots.
However, Lucas maintained the edge with a more
consistent level of play, keeping the ball fractionally
tighter and slightly deeper than Blanchard.
It also didn’t help Blanchard’s cause when she produced
some untimely unforced errors.
Lucas seized such slips and with calm decisive play
gave the Imperials their first win with a 3-1 result.
Moff Josh Buckley was clearly frustrated as he struggled
to read Sith lord John Trigge’s constant cross-court
boasts in the opening two games.
The tables were turned as Buckley refocused and
unloaded the full power of his devastating forehand
drives in the third, blasting the ball past Trigge and
running down anything which happened to sit up.
Trigge reasserted his mastery of the racquet and found
form in the fourth to take the match 3-1 in a stunning
display of controlled placement.
The pressure was on Commander Rowan Elliott as he
faced the very experienced reserve Sith Master Raice
Kincaid, in an effort to redress the slide that the Empire
found themselves on.
The scores fluctuated dramatically as Kincaid’s tactical
approach contrasted with the unconventional play of
Elliott unleashed his big guns in the opening two games,
slamming the ball as hard as he could.
Kincaid was quick to punish any loose shots which
earned her the third and fourth games, leaving the
spectators unable to predict a winner.
It was a contest of sweet timing versus raw power, and
in the end Elliott scraped through for a 3-2 win, giving the
Empire the rubber but awarding the honors to the Sith
who won the night 3-2.
On the other court Bounty Hunter Lachlan Keen and
Green Leader Grant White wrestled in a fast and furious
Both bodies and racquets clashed as their duel
intensified, neither willing to yield the floor to the other.
White initially took the lead, but Keen was quick to
retaliate to even the games score.
Gradually White drew on his inner forces and attacked
with more efficient shots, catching Keen off-guard on
many occasions with surprising power and placement.
This shot efficiency resulted in a 3-1 win to White and
first blood to the Rebels.
Reserve Bounty Hunter Jack Kitson – another junior
player who has come up through the ranks – was hard
pressed against reserve Yellow Leader Raice Kincaid.
Kincaid took charge of the rallies with her superior
control, variety of shots and good placement.
Kitson struggled to find his usual good form under the
relentless pressure from Kincaid.
In the end it was a clean sweep for Kincaid, but Kitson
will have taken some lessons from this match.
An epic battle of mammoth proportions Gold Leader
Joe White and Bounty Hunter Alison Skinner appeared
set to last for hours as neither player was prepared to
give an inch.
Skinner constantly produced what appeared to be
winning shots, but White relentlessly ran down every
ball, saving the un-savable to push the games and
players to the limit.
In a display of classic squash White’s never-say-die
attitude finally won him the rubber in a thrilling fifth game.
Red Leader Dave Campbell – reserving for the Rebels
had to play catch up throughout the match against
newcomer, Bounty Hunter Adam Benjamin.
Benjamin appeared to be in the zone, and with scorching
intensity, had an out of touch Campbell scrambling to
stay in the game.
Never appearing as though he would take his foot off
the pedal, Benjamin dominated the floor to win in straight
It was another long drawn-out contest between Blue
Leader Andrew Strauss and another Bounty Hunters
newcomer Kieran Smith.
Both players were quick out of the blocks, striking the
ball with power and depth each keeping the other on the
They maintained the sizzling pace for the entire match
with, Strauss bagging the first game and Smith the
Testing the limits of physical endurance for both players,
it was Strauss who finally hit the wall in the fifth, giving
Smith a 3-2 win for the Bounty Hunters but yielding the
night 3-2 to the Rebels.
As the smoke cleared from the first engagement, it
seems as though the spring pennant competition will
be a hotly contested race as the expanded competition
gave a mere taste of the struggles to come.
Battle lines are drawn
Continued from Sport 20
Continued from Sport 17
Lobethal Lutheran wing attack Sasha de Kievit (right) makes a break on
Lobethal Tigers rival Maddy Lowe to take possession in Saturday’s indoor
Mid Hills A-grade netball clash.
Rival centre players Jay Morgan (left) of Ironbank and Hahndorf ’s Kelley Jaensch strike the pose as
they reach for a loose ball during last Saturday’s top-of-the-table Round 10 Courier League Netbball
fixture at Woodside.
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