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Nairne’s Erin Jaensch read the ball well
and floating around the goal and centre
thirds, she had a stand out game.
With Hahndorf caught off-guard, Nairne
went into the first break leading 11-8.
The second quarter was no different from
the first with Nairne’s tight court defence
throughout all areas.
Driven by centre Bec Fuss and wing attack
Maddi Jaensch, Districts were on the
charge, and Sarah Robertson did her best
in centre for Hahndorf, with wing attack Tiff
Vears also busy, but the passes into goalies
Mikayla Nicholson and Sam Kew were
unsuccessful on a number of occasions.
Nairne defenders Dreckow and Jaensch
were steadfast and assisted Districts to
slightly improve the lead to 19-15 at half-
Hahndorf came out stronger in the third
quarter with Lauren Nitschke and Kate
Hochuli taking some timely rebounds,
supported by wing defender Phoebe Groth
gaining some greatly-needed intercepts.
The move of Tahlia Steinwedel into centre
for Hahndorf steadied the team and helped
the Magpies to a two-goal lead during the
However, this was squashed by Nairne
stepping up the pass in the second half and
keeping a 30-26 advantage.
The weather stayed much the same – very
wet and cold but the supporters stayed out
to watch the teams.
Nairne kept up the pressure in impressive
fashion and eventually won 41-33, and
coupled with the demise of Ironbank,
Districts claimed second place at the end
of the minor rounds.
It may have taken all season, but the
Lobethal Lutheran Lions finally broke
through last Saturday to notch its first win of
the 2016 campaign.
Another inconsistent first quarter by
Uraidla enabled Lobethal Lutheran to get
on top from the start, and set the tone of
Defensive pressure by Jess Coates,
Sophie Rhodes and Katie Hart caused
the Demons to make ball handling errors,
limiting the numer of opportunities to score,
and at the first break the Lions had a seven-
During the second quarter Uraidla goal
attack Taylor Schubert – in only her second
appearance at League level – gradually
worked her way into the faster-paced game
and shot accurately, supported by Steph
Closing minor upsets
Continued Sport 18
On with major business
Following the drama surrounding the closure of the
Courier League Netball minor rounds, the final four has
now being settled.
Crafers have retained fourth place, and Nairne Districts have been
elevated to second spot following its victory over Hahndorf.
Last Saturday’s wet conditions will be far from the thoughts of the teams
involved as they move indoors to the Adelaide Hills Recreation Centre at
This Saturday’s elimination first semifinal will commence at 6pm when
Ironbank play Crafers.
The clubs have met twice in the finals, both in first semifinals in 2011
Ironbank won both encounters, and in the latter went on to win a second
However, recent history suggests these two clubs have very little
While Crafers won by six goals last Saturday, the previous three games
have resulted in a loss by a goal, a draw and a win by one goal.
Playing indoors with a great atmosphere to get the adrenalin moving will
allow plenty of desperation and undoubted ability to be displayed.
Both teams are well matched on paper, certainly the detailed results
Starting in the midcourt, the drive and energy provided by Mel England
of Crafers and Ironbank’s Jay Morgan will be on full display.
Their skills will provide plenty of opportunities for Ironbank’s Stacey
Briggs, Kamille Juanitis and Jess Stratfold, together with Crafers trio
Mandy Braddock, Kylie Chapman and Madeleine Hughes.
There is also the flexibility for the Thunderettes to use Zoe Edwards in
any third whilst Tayla Stapledon has grown as a quality wing defender.
The defensive lines for Crafers has the experience of Jess Tamblyn and
Janelle Harris, who has enjoyed a great first up season.
Meghann Cannon is also in the mix following the injury to Gayle Herman,
with the former also a midcourt option.
These experienced teams will be desperate for a win whilst a draw will
require extra time to be played.
My coin toss has Crafers favored, but my tipping cannot be used as a
At 6.30pm Hahndorf meet Nairne Districts for the first time in a final, with
the winner enjoying a direct path to the 2016 grand final.
The win in the wet by Districts last Saturday enabled the side to move
into second spot for the first time, and the player’s confidence received a
The meetings over the two seasons Districts have been in the League
have provided three very close results – in particular Nairne’s two-goal
loss in Round 7 was balanced by its eight-goal win last Saturday.
Indoor conditions will allow both sides to display their skills to the fore.
Up forward the Magpies have the height and strength of Mikayla
Nicholson and the pace and goaling prowess of Sam Kew.
Their likely opponents will be Hannah Dreckow – who has enjoyed a
great return to the competition – and Renae Simmons, who has also
enjoyed a very consistent season.
Hahndorf will have the return of Kellie Jaensch at centre, with Bec Fuss
another quality centre player to contend with.
Wing attack Tiffany Vears has played a great first season and has covered
the early season loss of Kelly Childs in style.
Nairne’s Erin Jaensch may well match up on her, although she is an
option for goal defence, allowing Simmons to take that spot.
Sister of Erin and the 2015 Rising Star recipient Maddi Jaensch, is likely
to be Districts wing attack, with Phoebe Groth, a consistent performer in
her first full season for the Magpies, likely to be given the job to mind her.
Also in the mix for Districts is Casey Reichelt who can cover any midcourt
role, and expect her run to provide fresh legs to keep the pressure on the
The attack circle for Districts could find Dreckow and Shannon Banks line
up there, although Melinda Todd has the pace and& goaling class to cause
problems for Hahndorf defenders Kate Hochuli and Lauren Nitschke.
Both of these defenders ensure opposing goalies earn their shots with
their strength in the air and in physical contests.
Once again these sides should provide a classic match and I expect the
Magpies to rebound, but their respect for Districts is most apparent.
Our tipsters were all off course last Saturday with Graham Day selecting
two winners after being the only one on the panel to select the Lions.
That lifted him to fourth spot but still with work to do to gain further ground.
With one point, Robyn Rigby moves to outright leader ahead of Barb
Flemming and with three tipsters not scoring in Round 14, a nervous week
Final premiership table: Hahndorf 22 (56.84), Nairne Districts 20
(55.59), Ironbank 19 (53.81), Crafers 18 (52.56), Lobethal 17 (51.15),
Uraidla 10 (43.68), Lobethal Lutheran 6 (35.95).
By Jeff Pistola
Last Saturday’s closing round of
Courier League Netball provided
some upset results which shaped
the composition of the upcoming
Wins by Crafers and Nairne Districts
sealed top four berths, with Districts
securing a vital double-chance spot.
Crafers kept its 2016 finals dream alive
with a hard fought 51-45 win over Ironbank
at Cherry Gardens.
Ironbank made a solid start with goal
shooter Jess Stratfold and goal attack
Kamille Jaunutis accurately converting.
Passing errors by Crafers were capitalised
on by Ironbank with solid turnovers,
however, the visitors settled late into the
first term and pegged back the difference.
At quarter time Ironbank held a 14-12
The Thunderettes then seemed to lose
their way moving into the second quarter as
Crafers goal keeper Jess Tamblyn and goal
defender Meghann Canon read the play
well and created inspirational intercepts.
Through Mel England and wing attack
Mandy Braddock, the ball was sent in to
the Crafers circle, and despite goal keeper
Zoe Edwards and goal defender Steph
Duldig pressuring all passes, Crafers goal
shooter Maddie Hughes rarely missed and
managed to put her team five goals ahead
at the main interval.
Ironbank introduced Jade Stannard at goal
shooter in the second half and she and
Jaunutis battled hard and converted.
With Stratfold returning to her normal goal
keeper position, Edwards was moved to
Using her height, Edwards was able to
create conversions, sending the ball down
the court through wing defender Tayla
Despite an improved quarter by Ironbank,
the gap remained at five goal in the favor of
Crafers at the final break.
With its season on the line, a determined
Crafers withstood anything Ironbank threw
at it in term four.
Ironbank centre Jay Morgan tried hard
through centre court, but with Stacey Briggs
battling with wing defender Alex Lagonik,
Crafers managed to create turnovers and
score accurately, this time through Kylie
With the difference reduced to four goals in
the closing few minutes, Crafers dug deep
and ran out with victory by six goals and
secure fourth place over a challenge from
Lobethal, which sat out the bye to end the
In what became a rehearsal of the second
semifinal, Nairne Districts met defending
premier Hahndorf on a cold, wet and
miserable afternoon at Woodside.
Hahndorf had the first pass and Nairne
stamped its imprint on the game by taking
the first of many turnovers.
Lobethal Lutheran 45 d Uraidla 32
Crafers 51 d Ironbank 45
Nairne Districts 41 d Hahndorf 33
Crafers goal shooter Madeleine
Hughes sizes up a shot at the
rring under the guard of Ironbank
goal defender Steph Duldig as
Zoe Edwards of Ironbank and
Kylie Chapman (front right)
of Crafers await the outcome
during last Saturday’s pivotal
Round 14 Courier League
Netball clash. Crafers claimed
victory by six goals to qualify
for this Saturday’s round of
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