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Kapunda seeks to cause upset
KAPUNDA will be looking to deliver
Willaston its first loss for the season when
the two sides meet in the Barossa, Light &
Gawler Netball Association second semi-
final this weekend.
The Donnybrooks have been unstoppable
this year, going through the minor rounds un-
defeated and beating the Bombers by 16 goals
in their last encounter.
Kapunda enters the contest full of confi-
dence after a win over Gawler Central in the
last minor round, but player-coach Stacey
Burgess acknowledges it will require a big ef-
fort from her side to get the win.
"We've got a hard task ahead of us, I think
everybody realises that," she said.
"The last four weeks we've started to hit our
straps...we're kind of getting into the groove
at the right time, I suppose.
"Willaston are quality though, so we do un-
derstand that we're going to have to lift our
game, and lift it dramatically, to beat them."
Willaston's attack is undoubtedly its biggest
strength, with tall goal shooter Lisa Wilson
always proving a tough match-up, and Leisel
Dunstan and Jess Wilson providing great sup-
port around the circle.
Burgess and her fellow defenders, Hannah
Thomas and Kim Creber, will need to do their
best to limit the trio's impact.
"All three of them know exactly where ev-
eryone is going, so defensively we're going to
have to work extremely hard," Burgess said.
"Not just in the circle, but trying to keep
Jess and Hayley (Norris) off the circle to
try and create a turnover before it gets to
Kapunda goal shooter Nikki Tralaggan and
goal attack Tab Mackenzie will need to make
the most of their opportunities under the ring,
while Penny Chappell will have her hands full
with Norris through the mid-court.
Burgess said whatever the result, her side
would leave nothing in the tank in search of
"We'll give them everything and at the end
of the day that's what finals is all about," she
SECOND SEMI PREVIEW
LAST TIME THEY MET:
Willaston won by 16 goals
Reigning premiers in the hunt
SOUTH Gawler held off a determined
Gawler Central to win the Barossa, Light
& Gawler Netball Association first semi-
final by seven goals on the weekend.
The victory sent the Tigers packing for
another season and ensured the Lions will
meet either Willaston or Kapunda next week
in the preliminary final.
It was a tight clash between the cross-town
rivals and lived up to all expectations, despite
the warm weather presenting several on-court
South Gawler capitalised on a slow start
from Gawler Central and had a seven-goal
lead at quarter-time.
From there, the Lions held the lead all game
but Gawler Central had a much-improved
second quarter and came within two goals.
But it was unable to sustain the momentum
and South Gawler extended its lead to nine
goals at the final break.
The Tigers fought hard in the final term
and forced a number of turnovers to put some
pressure on the Lions.
However, Gawler Central was unable to
convert the turnovers into goals and South
Gawler maintained a strong and consistent
game to get over the line.
Lions' coach Karina Cook was impressed
with her team, especially the younger players
who stepped up in their first senior 1 final.
"Honestly, I think everyone did their job
well on Saturday and it was difficult to find a
standout," Cook said.
"Everyone just chipped in and it was a real
Cook said she was looking forward to
the preliminary final and said the Lions
are prepared to take on either Willaston or
"It's good that we have a couple of weeks off
so we can get everyone fit and ready," Cook
"We've definitely got a lot of confidence
going into the next game."
Coaching in his last game for Gawler
Central, Scott Waddington said the slow start
and missed opportunities under the post were
the main contributors to the loss.
"We had another bad start so that cost us
dearly and we had enough turnovers, but we
just couldn't score," Waddington said.
"Obviously, it's disappointing, but that's
Best players for the Tigers were Stephanie
Noack in defence and Renee Schumacher was
solid all game in goals.
Gawler Central will be coached by current
assistant coach Kelly Assender next season,
with Waddington returning to coach in the
state premier league.
BL&G NETBALL Tigers fall early again in nals
ABOVE: South Gawler's Jakarra Michalk shields the ball from Gawler Central's Jade P tzner in the senior
one semi- nal on Saturday.
TOP RIGHT: Gawler Central's Brit Waddington gets a hand on the ball to block South's Karina Cook from
RIGHT: Central's shooter Renee Schumacher does her best to snare a pass in between South's Stacey Dunn
(left) and Nikki Dowden.
PHOTOS: Lauren Gauci
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