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Hahndorf 55 d Ironbank 51
Lobethal 43 d Lobethal Lutheran 28
Nairne Districts 44 d Crafers 39
Magpies back in charge
By Jeff Pistola
Defending premier Hahndorf
moved into prime position in
Courier League Netball rankings
following last Saturday’s Round 10
The Magpies hosted close rival Ironbank
in a rematch between last season’s grand
finalists, with both teams determined to win.
Ironbank started off strongly by scoring
three unanswered goals, setting the pace
for the game ahead.
Hahndorf centre Kelley Jaensch focused
on settling her team, and with some clever
passes into the circle by wing attack Tiffany
Vears, Hahndorf were finally on the board.
Tight defence from both teams forced
many errors and the goalies did not miss
many opportunities for their respective
teams, however, Hahndorf managed to
outscore Ironbank to lead 15-13 at the first
Hahndorf welcomed goal keeper Katrina
Pollard back into the side from semi-
Pollard and goal defender Kate Hochuli
worked well together, and backed by wing
defender Lauren Nitschke, the Magpies
were quick to drive the ball out of defence
to goal shooter Mikayla Nickolson and goal
attack Sam Kew.
After another 15 minutes of fluctuating
attacks, Hahndorf outscored Ironbank by
The third term was once again evenly
contested, both teams applying pressure
resulting in numerous errors on both sides.
Ironbank goal keeper Jess Strattfold and
goal defender Jade Stannard worked
tirelessly and made Hahndorf pay for any
wayward passes into the ring.
However, Hahndorf’s Nicholson and Kew
were not wasting any opportunity once they
Ironbank were not about to give up and
in the final quarter managed to outscore
Spectators expecting an evenly contested
game were not disappointed as the
Magpies held on to win 55-51, and regain
top spot from the vanquished Ironbank, but
leaving anticipation of further quality battles
when the finals commence.
Nairne slip home
Another expected close Round 10
match between third placed Crafers and
fourth ranked Nairne Districts did not
disappoint spectators or players, despite
being contested in cold, wet and slippery
conditions at Crafers.
At the end of an enthralling tussle, Nairne
were able to sneak over the line with a 44-
Crafers opened the match after three
attempts at goals, and scored three
consecutive goals before Nairne found the
Crafers wing players, Janelle Harris in
defence and Mandy Braddock in attack,
were proving to be of concern for the
visitors as their deflections and intercepts
were effective and capitalised.
Nairne’s Renae Simmons was monitoring
Braddock closely trying to limit her space,
and this contest was hard fought throughout
Crafers were able to hold a four-goal lead
at the quarter time.
During the second term, Crafers duo Eliza
Uren at goal defence and goal keeper Jess
Tamblyn combined well, forcing Nairne’s
Sharmon Banks and Melinda Todd to work
extremely hard for netted shots.
Nairne centre Bec Fuss was providing
good and seemingly effortless drive for her
team, while Melissa England’s precision
passing into the Crafers goalies was
inspiring and commendable.
Crafers took the quarter by a solitary goal
to take the overall lead to five goals at the
A more determined Nairne returned to the
court for the third term with Casey Reichelt
coming on at centre.
An impressive well-read steal by Nairne
goal defender Erin Jaensch enabled Todd
to convert and shortly afterwards, goal
keeper Hannah Dreckow took a clever
intercept and the visitors again capitalised.
Wing attack Maddi Jaensch was providing
good, solid drive and support, enabling
Nairne a strong quarter with a four goal
Crafers took the court in the final term with
a mere one-goal lead but the determined
Nairne side soon turned the deciding
quarter into a battle ground, with scores
being even or a one-goal margin for most
of the stanza.
Crafers goal shooter Madeleine Hughes
was impressive all game as she netted with
However, Nairne’s goalies consolidated
their positions in the last term with many
scoring opportunities and good conversion
Nairne edged away in the closing five
minutes of the quarter to take the vital
premiership points with a five-goal win.
The second derby for the 2016 League
season between the two Lobethal clubs
had the Tigers win a hard fought and
entertaining match at Woodside.
The individual contests across all positions
offered much of the spirit of netball which
Only in the second half when rain changed
playing conditions did play become a little
scrappy as players adjusted.
However, when the match commenced
both sides embraced the contest with the
ball used with pace and skill right across
From the start Lobethal’s Ali Pullen and
Katie Hart of the Lobethal Lutheran Lions
enjoyed a great battle, with both providing
drive and support for their respective sides.
Kaicee Kleeman was solid on her wing for
the Tigers, with Sophie Rhodes checking
closely ensuring possessions were well
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With four rounds remaining until
Courier League Netball finals
commence, competition is certainly
heating up expectations as clubs vie
for the coveted top four.
As I assess, Uraidla will only start one of its
closing four matches as favorite.
This indicates the Demons will be seeking
to cause some upsets to keep slim chances
alive, starting this Saturday.
Lobethal Lutheran sit out of contention but
will be keen to have a say in where those
teams above finish.
I watched the Hahndorf-Ironbank and
Lobethal Lutheran-Lobethal matches at
Woodside last Saturday.
Both were well worth the effort with the former
providing a contest which included many
wonderful passages of play, great overall
pressure and contesting.
The latter also included a high level of
intensity in the contests and were entertaining
in that regard.
It was a pity that rain and a greasy ball
during the second half detracted from the
skill perspective as players adapted to the
This Saturday the Round 11 contest at 1.45pm
will be played at Woodside when Lobethal
Lutheran host Crafers.
When the teams met during Round 4 at
Crafers, the match was keenly fought with the
hosts taking the points in a quality match.
This was one of the best performances by the
Lions to date, and a repeat of that would set
the chance for another close game.
The visitors will be determined to add a
consolidation win to keep their fourth spot after
a narrow loss to Nairne Districts.
That should be enough to gain the points
and start a warm favorite, although I look for a
further competitive effort from the Lions.
Lobethal host Hahndorf at Woodside from
The Tigers sprung one of the surprises of the
2016 season when they toppled the Magpies
in Round 4 by the narrowest margin.
Since then Lobethal suffered three successive
losses, dropping to fifth spot, but returned to
the winners circle with a sound win over the
Lions to keep in touch with fourth spot whilst
Hahndorf lost one match to lose top spot to
However, the Magpies took it back with a hard
fought win over Ironbank last Saturday.
The Magpies will not take this return bout
lightly after their previous wake-up call from
I expect them to redeem themselves in what
should again be a great contest and worthy of
support from followers.
Uraidla host Nairne Districts in the other
3.30pm game to complete the round.
Districts enjoyed a solid victory in Round 4
and have performed consistently since to
move into third spot.
On the other hand, the Demons have suffered
a heavy loss to Ironbank in Round 9 and
come off the bye needing to cause an upset,
just as they did against the Tigers in Round 8.
They need a strong performance to keep
their slim finals chances alive as an inferior
percentage could prove very costly.
Uraidla is always a tough proposition at home
and that alone is worth goals, but Districts are
seeking to take a further step to hold a spot
in the four.
I expect this to be another strong, competitive
game with Districts taking a narrow win.
Hills association life member and past
Heathfield coach Lyn Stacey was our only
celebrity tipster to pick the card in Round 10.
This enabled her to move up the rankings to
join Graham Day and remain within sights of
the joint leaders, Barb Flemming and Robyn
Pat Pollard will be aiming for top choices
this Saturday to keep in touch, whilst Sonya
Cobbledick is within a point of the leaders.
Premiership table: (after Round 10):
Hahndorf 16 (57.63), Ironbank 15 (53.68),
Nairne Districts 12 (53.32), Crafers 12 (50.60),
Lobethal 11 (51.56), Uraidla 10 (46.00),
Lobethal Lutheran 4 (34.26).
The chase is on
Ironbank goal attack Kamille Jaunutis (right) accepts a ball ahead of Hahndorf Magpies goal
defender Kate Hochuli during Saturday’s Courier League Netball top-of-the-table Round 10 clash at
Woodside. Defending premier Hahndorf reclaimed the competition lead following a four-goal victory
over the Thunderettes.
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