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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – PAGE 17
MID HILLS NETBALL
Mid Hills A-grade details
Onkaparinga 45 d
Mt Barker United 32
Echunga 59 d
Nairne Districts 23
Lobethal 47 d Hahndorf 39
Birdwood 54 d
Lobethal Lutheran 37
Birdwood have consolidated its
spot in the chase for a finals berth
in the Mid Hills A-grade netball
Contesting its maiden season at the top
level, Birdwood shored up second place
with a strong 54-20 victory over Lobethal
Despite the cold and wet conditions, both
teams were well supported by family, friends
and respective club members.
They didn’t have to wait long to be
entertained, as the match started at a fast
pace, with both sides moving the ball quickly
in the respective goals.
The Lions goalies were on target immediately
with goal shooter Nicole Wingrove and goal
attack Bonnie Maxwell combining well.
At the first change Birdwood led by three
In the second quarter Birdwood continued to
apply the pressure, however, Lobethal Lions
fought hard through the middle with centre
Kirsten Low, wing attack Emily Schultz and
wing defence Jessica Mariner working to halt
At half time Birdwood stormed to a
significant 26-10 lead.
The Lions attempted to stop the dominant
Birdwood side in the third quarter.
Veteran Lions goal defence Naomi Juers
provided inspiration to her team with timely
intercepts, measured passes and a strong
Actively seizing any missed shots, goal
keeper Jess Coates suffered severe cramp
and had to be assisted off the court, replaced
by Karla Newman.
By the third break Birdwood held a 21 goal
Birdwood contined to stretch its lead in the
final quarter, however, the Lions players
never gave in.
The strong performances from the Birdwood
players resulted in a well deserved 54-20
Onkaparinga registered a 45-32 victory
against Mt Barker United and remain in top
spot on the Mid Hills A-grade ladder.
At the three-quarter mark of the regular
season all teams are now firmly focused on
The contest between Mt Barker United and
top of the table Onkaparinga wasn’t expected
to be a dead certainty by any means.
Like other teams that are unable to make
finals, Mt Barker are playing to demonstrate
it is improving each week.
The teams sitting in top position on the table
can expect tough opposition.
Add to this the winter flu that teams will be
experiencing, and you can potentially get
some unexpected results.
Blustery overcast conditions greeted both
sides and both teams required a well thought
out game plan, rather than a flamboyant one
where skills could be displayed.
Onkas won the toss and elected to start the
game from the centre pass.
Maiden Birdwood finals beckon
Onkas had two new players starting the
game filling in for players unable to make
Jacinta Jefferies made her debut at goal
attack coming up from Under 17 ranks.
Gemma Elliott started the game in
centre standing in for sick Kelly Hall.
Onkas moved the ball effectively from
the circle and opened the scoring through
Mt Barker’s centre Alison Tidemann
passed it forward for her team only to
have it intercepted in the circle by a quick
thinking Onkas defence.
Onkas through good driving down court
made it two in a row.
Another goal came from Jacinta
Jefferies, which put Onkas out to a early
mini break before Mt Barker opened up
Erin Campbell was replaced with a
finger injury and Ebony McCauley took
The quarter was quite even and
developed into a shot for shot tussle,
as both teams tried to overcome the
Onkas led 9-5 at the break and the
deciding factor was their use of turnovers.
Onkas came out firing in the second
Through consistent play and accurate
shooting, Onkas extended the lead
considerably by the half-time break.
They shot the first five goals for the
Claire Bryars, Georgina Morcom and
Gemma Elliott had a field day with
turnover ball, thus giving valuable
opportunity to their shooters.
Onkas posted a healthy half-time lead of
22-9, however, during the third quarter Mt
Barker came out fighting.
Gutsy effort from Renee Bell and Alison
Tidemann resulted in Mt Barker pushing
Mt Barker moved the ball better and
upped the speed and the scores were
level for the quarter at 10 apiece.
Onkas only move for the game was
a switch between Laura Challans and
Gemma Elliott swapping from wing attack
The quarter was tightly contested and
demonstrated good resolve from Mt
Barker to lift.
The score at the last break was 32-21 for Onkas and Mt
Barker finished the game well and tried to cause an upset.
It worked for half the term, however, once again turnovers
were created by a wonderfully skill full back two.
Full court pressure from Onkas gave it more ball to utilize.
Onkas dominated the last half of the quarter secure a 45-
Mt Barker demonstrated great resilience for one and
half quarters, however, Onkas for two and a half quarters
controlled the game, which proved too much pressure on
With the sun shining and a pesky wind blowing, Echunga
prepared to face Nairne Districts, with captain Jade Vanzo
returning for her first game after five weeks out with injury.
Nairne came out strong with some good contest through
the midcourt from Brittanie Westley, who placed immense
pressure on Echunga’s Millie Vears.
However, Echunga’s pressure in the goal circle with the
combination of Broadbent and Vanzo slowed the opposition
advance and significantly reduced the ability to score.
Echunga’s attacking line played hard to keep the pressure
of Cousins, Dominish and Jaensch at bay, with Echunga’s
Chapman and Sheehan working the ball around the goal
circle and finding the ring with reasonable accuracy in the
windy conditions, giving the Demons a 10-goal lead at
The second term was similar, but with much higher scoring
from both teams.
The tussle between Duffield and Revington in the centre
gave both teams advantage on their own centre pass, but
the experience of Duffield enabled her to control midcourt
flow, feeding well to both Sheehan and Chapman.
Echunga B2 captain Lucy Northcott filled in at wing attack
and held her own against three Nairne wing defender
players who were rotated throughout the match.
Heading into the second half Echunga held a commanding
lead and the momentum of the match.
At the start of the third quarter Echunga rested Vanzo,
after playing a strong game at goal keeper.
Echunga moved Broadbent back into goal keeper after a
strong opening at goal defence, Vears slid across into goal
defence, and Under 17 regular Katie Roberts came off the
bench into wing defence.
Nairne again came out strong after the break and the
change of Westley into centre paid immediate dividends, as
Districts controlled the third quarter through pure dogged
Both Aimee Cousins and Zadow combined well in goals to
win the feed into the circle, but despite its control, Nairne
were unable to convert its better play on the score board.
In the final quarter Northcott was moved to wing defence
to allow another Under 17 player Chloe Shaefer to step up
to play wing attack.
Nairne kept nipping at Echunga’s heels, making the
Demons think and especially making the junior grade
players work hard against a quick and determined
At the final whistle Echunga secured a comfortable 59-23
Woodside Warriors accounted for Nairne Districts 46-36 in
an important contest last Saturday.
Both teams were fighting for a much needed win and
Woodside needed to win to secure a spot in the top four
Strong defence in the goal ring from Nairne was a feature
in the first quarter.
Woodside’s mid courters provided good support around
the ring for their goalies, who were able to score quickly
and Woodside led 8-6.
The second quarter consisted of strong rebounding once
again from Nairne’s defence.
Nairne supported well from the mid court, and its shooters
were accurate enough to bring the score to an even 18
Woodside came out switched on in the third quarter, with
its defenders securing ample rebounds and turn overs.
The ball was brought down the court quickly by the mid
courters and was accurately fed into their shooters, who
worked well together to get away from the strong Nairne
Nairne continued to fight well into the fourth quarter, with
good feeding into its shooters and some neat turnovers.
Overall court pressure enabled Woodside to solidify a
good win and push the final score out to 46-36.
Gumeracha delivered a disciplined team performance to
account for Birdwood 40-20 last Saturday.
Birdwood had the better start, putting on several
unanswered goals, before Gumeracha settled.
Birdwood’s mid court provided some precision passes into
the shooting circle giving its goalies good opportunities to
Gumeracha rallied though, despite its slow start, and were
able to work its way back into the game to be up at the first
Gumeracha defending duo Verity Lang and Tanya Kuiper
started to dominate with timely intercepts and strong
This provided increased opportunities for the team to
Gumeracha youngster Grace Pinchbeck in her debut
B1 game at wing attack made good position, feeding the
shooting circle with style despite solid defensive pressure
from Birdwood’s Claire Henke.
Gumeracha’s goaling duo Sarah Gevers and Ali Tanner
They made effective use of space and shot accurately to
help keep the score ticking over.
By the half-time break, Gumeracha were able to increase
its lead and had a 10 goal advantage.
Gumeracha’s defensive pressure proved stifling for the
opposition in the third term as Rachael O’Dea shut down
options to the circle and Lang.
Kuiper made shooting difficult for the Birdwood goalies.
Birdwood’s Emma Harris remained calm under pressure
and worked hard, however, Gumeracha were able to take
every opportunity to score off of turn overs.
Donna Jardine worked tirelessly through the mid court for
Gumeracha and gave her shooting team mates plenty of
She attacked the circle edge and calmly passed well
despite close defensive pressure.
Stephanie Smith also displayed a cool head under
pressure to feed the Gumeracha goal circle effectively.
Gumeracha were able to further its lead and at the last
break held a 15 goal advantage.
Great team work from Gumeracha in the final quarter
ensured it was able to keep the upper hand.
Jardine made some impressive intercepts and O’Dea
together with Smith continued to drive the ball well into
The cool heads of Tanner and Gevers in their goal circle
meant despite the defensive pressure, they were able to
gain possession and score for their team.
Gumeracha’s ability to be calm under pressure and play a
comprehensive team game meant it was able to finish with
a 20 goal victory.
Mt Barker Lutheran edged out Onkaparinga with a hard
fought 51-44 victory last Saturday.
Mt Barker Lutheran started well with solid centre court
work from Dani Barolo, Ella Nobes and Chloe Earls.
Onkas took a few minutes to settle with a new goalie
combination, mother-daughter team of Heidi and Ashleligh
Mt Barker Lutheran defence Britany Pilkington and Jodie
Schubert applied consistent pressure throughout the game.
At the other end of the court, Onkas defence Mel Kuiper
and Alice Perkins gave it their all and had some great
They were simply out-sized by dominant Mt Barker
Lutheran goalie Lauren Kuchel, who shot well for the match.
Onkas centre court players Tayla Day, Gemma Elliott and
Chloe Ferguson all had good drive down the court and
demonstrated some great attacking netball.
It wasn’t consistent enough and Mt Barker Lutheran came
away the victors, remaining undefeated for the season.
Mt Barker Lutheran started the game against Gumeracha
with a turn over and goal from Gumeracha’s first centre
With quick passage of play and accurate shooting from the
Lutheran goalies Danni Lock and Ella Nobes, the scoreline
at the first break was 19-1.
Continued Sport 18
Nairne Districts goal keeper Kayla Jaensch (centre) is the split between rival Echunga duo Felicity
Duffield (left) and Lucy Northcott in the chase for a loose ball during Saturday’s Mid Hills A-grade
netball fixture at Woodside.
Echunga captain and goal keeper Jade Vanzo (left) – who returned to
the Demons side following injury – takes a possession ahead of Nairne
Districts goal attack Rebekah Zadow in Saturday’s Mid Hills Netball
Association A-grade encounter.
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