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Crafers 54 d Uraidla 40
Nairne Districts 58 d Lobethal
Lobethal 46 d Ironbank 44
Tigers still in the hunt
This Saturday will feature the final series of the popular
indoor Courier League Netball minor rounds fixtures.
There will be two Round 13 games at the Mt Lofty Sports Centre
at Heathfield, with both due to start at 6.30pm, while there will be
a stand alone game at the Adelaide Hills Recreation Centre in Mt
Barker from 5.30pm.
The game at Mt Barker promises to be the match of the round as far
as the final four is concerned.
The fighting win by Lobethal over Ironbank last Saturday has given
the Tigers a chance of snaring a spot in the finals in their return
season in Courier League ranks.
There is a big ‘if’ attached to that chance and that will be decided
when Lobethal host Crafers in the 5.30pm encounter.
Crafers won the Round 6 clash at Woodside in a hard fought contest
and I expect this game to be no different.
Crafers are seeking to consolidate a spot in the finals with a victory,
and desperation and full pressure in the contests will be the order of
the night, and a big crowd is warranted.
I expect Crafers to quell the enthusiasm of the Tigers in a very
close contest, however, the vital points are there for the taking.
In a very full program at Mt Barker, a full round of Under 17 (Div 1)
Mid Hills games will be played, commencing at 2.30pm.
The second game at 4pm will be a a curtain-raiser to the League
game and the final of the four games will commence at 7pm.
I encourage all supporters of the Under 17 teams to make a special
effort to watch the League match.
Over at Heathfield, Ironbank will host Lobethal Lutheran in Round
13 after a narrow loss to Lobethal.
The Thunderettes will be keen to return to the winner’s list, and
after their big win in Round 6, will start favorites.
The Lions displayed glimpses of better form last Saturday in their
loss to Nairne Districts, and they will be seeking to improve on that.
Their desire to be competitive was apparent from the opening
whistle, and the Lions will be keen to apply pressure on their
experienced hosts, who will be seeking to retain second spot.
I expect the Thunderettes experience to set up the win, but look to
the Lions to provide a solid contest.
A big crowd of supporters should be present for the two matches
at Heathfield, with many attending to honor Uraidla veteran, Emily
Ayles, who will celebrate her 200th League game when her side
The Magpies enjoyed a big win in the Round 6 contest at Mt Barker,
and form would strongly point to another win to retain a strong grip
on the minor premiership.
Uraidla will be desperate to honor one of its favorite daughters when
she is presented prior to the opening whistle.
Hahndorf will be tipped to gain the victory, but Uraidla will certainly
be seeking to be most competitive.
The Wallis Cinema movie deal package on offer for the winning
celebrity tipster is certainly providing its own challenges.
Last Saturday former umpiring great Barb Flemming, past Lobethal
champion Robyn Rigby and Hills association life member and former
Heathfield coach Lyn Stacey all picked the card.
The other panelists all missed Lobethal’s win so we await their
selections for Round 13.
There may be surprises that are not considered when choices
are made, but our joint leaders are just two points clear of Sonya
However, it is a sure bet, they will be seeking to outwit each other
when their choices are made.
Premiership table: (after Round 12): Hahndorf 20 (57.42),
Ironbank 17 (53.27), Nairne Districts 16 (55.60), Crafers 16 (52.95),
Lobethal 13 (51.03), Uraidla 10 (44.32), Lobethal Lutheran 4 (34.19).
By Jeff Pistola
Lobethal maintained its chances
of contesting the 2016 Courier
League Netbal finals with a
stunning victory in last Saturday’s
Round 12 matches.
Supporters of the Tigers young League
side couldn’t have been more excited after
watching them grind out a tough 46-44
win against experienced finals contender
There was never more than two or three
goals difference throughout the entire game.
The opening quarter was a goal feast, with
Tigers goalies Kristin Jenner and Kailey
Maczowiack displaying great movement
The duo shot 16 goals under very close
attention from Ironbank defenders Zoe
Edwards and Steph Duldig to help the
Tigers to a three-goal lead at quarter time.
Ironbank resettled and started to gain the
upper hand in the second quarter.
Thunderettes goalies Jade Stannard and
Kamille Jaunutis found some space from
teenage Lobethal defenders Alex Edwards
and Sintra Cowlam, who provided some
great battles during the match.
Scores were tied at the long break, and
with no changes made by either side, the
battle resumed with some tight contests all
over the court.
Tigers wing attack Kaicee Kleemann
began to drive and provide more ball to
her goalies, as did experienced midcourter
Stacey Briggs for Ironbank.
Ironbank displayed cool heads under
pressure and gained a one-goal lead
heading into the final term.
After the teams played out a draw at the
previous meeting, the scene was again set
for a great finish.
Ironbank made a change and the side
adjusted well, but Lobethal captain
Allison Pullen settled her young team and
continued her hard attacking drives to the
The lead fluctuated for a period, both teams
displaying great skills under pressure, but
with time running out and a great intercept
from Tigers wing defender Claudia Taylor,
Lobethal hung on to win by two goals, and
keep its flickering finals hopes alive with
two minor rounds remaing.
Crafers maintained its hold of a spot in the
top four with a 54-40 triumph over visiting
neighboring rival Uraidla.
In beautiful weather conditions at Crafers,
the home side started more determined,
turning over Uraidla’s first centre pass
through a deflection from centre Alex
Lagonik and adeptly followed up by goal
defender Gayle Herman to send Crafers
Uraidla defender Kelly Bahr regained
possession of the ball, Herman stole it
back and Crafers scored the first goal of the
Crafers defensive trio – which included
Eliza Uren at goal keeper and Janelle
Harris on the wing – made the Uraidla
shooters work extremely hard for scoring
opportunities, despite Taylor Schubert
moving and positioning well for the Demons.
Crafers had a strong opening term,
heading into the break with a seven-goal
Crafers retained intensity in the second
quarter and made it particularly difficult
for the Demons to penetrate beyond the
centre third, with Harris taking numerous
intercepts to send Crafers back into attack.
Goalies Madeleine Hughes and Kylie
Chapman shot confidently and from long
range with high accuracy.
With Herman suffering an injury, Uren
who was rebounding extremely well
and pressuring scoring opportunities –
moved to goal defence and Jess Tamblyn
commenced at goal keeper.
Uraidla circle defender Emily Ayles was
giving it her all, along with Bahr, trying to
stop Crafers advancing into the ring.
Wing attack Mandy Braddock was playing
consistently for Crafers, assisting with
another solid term to give the hosts the
lead by 12 goals at the long break.
The third quarter featured the Demons
bringing Bethany Frith back on the court
at centre, and Shannon Green was
introduced as shooter.
Wing attack Ellen Maple was presenting
well at centre passes for Uraidla and played
a solid match, while Melissa England
opened her first term on court for Crafers
with text-book passing into her goalies.
Lagonik was having high quality tussles
with Demons duo Frith and Maple, while
Tamblyn played a brilliant quarter for
Crafers, and Uraidla wing defender Emily
Willsmore was putting in a commendable
The Demons took the court in the final
term determined to win the stanza, with
Frith – now at wing defence – applying
pressure and fighting hard, while goalies
Green and Hayley Moulds synchronised
and started to pay dividends with five
Back on court at centre, Bonnie Farris
provided consistent drive and availability
for the Demons, ably supported by Maple,
while the defenders maintained their
intensity throughout the match, achieving
Uraidla’s aspiration to take the quarter by
However, Crafers maintained the lead
in the initial three terms, accomplishing
ultimate victory by 14 goals.
Crafers centre Alex Lagonik
(foreground) thrusts a hand
skyward to coax in a high ball in
advance of Uraidla wing attack
Ellen Maple during last Saturday’s
Round 12 Courier League Netball
match which hosting Crafers won by
The victory shored up Crafers hopes
of contesting the finals.
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