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Lazers beaming thanks
to netball grants
THE Angle Vale-based Lazers
Netball Club is set to receive
some much-needed new equip-
ment courtesy of ANZ's 'Netball
Netball Nation is a new initia-
tive to support the sport at all
levels in Australia by encouraging
participation and providing ac-
cess to much-needed funding and
Lazers' fundraising committee
member Jodie Hooper applied for
a club equipment grant after see-
ing the program advertised on the
Netball Nation Facebook page.
She later received confirmation
that her club would receive 20
new netballs, around 28 bibs, 30
training cones and a bag.
Mrs Hooper said the new equip-
ment was a huge help to the club,
which was seriously lacking new
"It was awesome help, we haven't
bought new balls for years," she
"Each team gets issued a ball
from the Elizabeth Netball Asso-
ciation that we have to use as our
match ball, which we don't prac-
"Then at the end of the season,
that virtually becomes our practise
ball because you get a new one at
the beginning of next season."
Mrs Hooper said the club keeps
its fees low to encourage more
people to play, which leaves it
without the necessary funding to
keep updating equipment.
She said grants are a great help
to clubs at grassroots level.
Lazers junior Makayla Hooper will
soon be training with new netballs
thanks to the Netball Nation grant.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
MALLALA has claimed top spot on the
Adelaide Plains Netball Association ladder
after a hard-fought eight-goal win over the
highly favoured Hummocks-Watchman.
The Magpies, Eagles and Two Wells are
now only separated by percentage heading
into the season's home stretch, which will
make for an enthralling month of netball.
Mallala's Lauren Conciani was vital in her
side's win, while Sarah Young fought hard all
game for the Eagles.
Two Wells continued its good form by
beating Hamley Bridge by 11 goals.
It was a must-win game for the Roosters,
who remain a strong premiership chance in
the lead up to finals.
Nicole Darling was the standout perform-
er for Two Wells, while Alison Schahinger
was the Bombers' best for a second straight
Balaklava narrowly missed upsetting Long
Plains, drawing with the Tigers 47-all.
Tori Docherty continued her good form to
again be the Tigers' best, while Aleisha Mi-
chael played one of her best games of the year
for the Peckers.
A3 -- Two Wells 26 (65%), Mallala 18 (63), Hummocks 16 (53),
Virginia 12 (48), Long Plains 10 (41), Hamley Bridge 6 (40),
Balaklava 0 (33).
A4 -- Two Wells 26 (74%), Hummocks 18 (72), Mallala 18 (66),
Virginia 12 (42), Hamley Bridge 6 (34), Long Plains 4 (31),
Balaklava 4 (27).
A5 -- Two Wells Away 24 (62%), Two Wells Home 22 (61), Mallala
16 (55), Hummocks 12 (51), Long Plains10 (48), Virginia 2 (35),
Hamley Bridge 2 (35).
U17 -- Mallala 24 (65%), Long Plains18 (61), Two Wells 7 (38),
Balaklava 3 (34).
U15 -- Mallala 22 (66%), Long Plains 22 (59), Hamley Bridge 18
(53), Balaklava 10 (46), Hummocks 10 (44), Two Wells 4 (45),
Virginia 0 (27).
U13A -- Balaklava 24 (67%), Mallala 21 (68), Hamley Bridge 15
(52), Long Plains 14 (45), Virginia 6 (45), Hummocks 6 (36), Two
Wells 2 (25).
U13B -- Mallala 24 (74%), Hamley Bridge 18 (53), Balaklava 18
(48), Hummocks 14 (41), Long Plains 10 (20).
GUMNUTS scored a big
upset over second-placed St
George's White in the Gawler
& Districts Netball Associa-
tion on the weekend, defeat-
ing the favourites 48-39.
The defeat means St
George's now risks losing its
finals double chance going
into next week's match.
In a high-pressure contest,
Gumnuts was the better team
early on and took a one-goal
lead at the first change.
Both sides went goal for
goal in the second, with Gum-
nuts' Jess Tester running hard
through centre court, and it
was the underdogs who led by
two at the main break.
Gumnuts made changes to
its line-up in the third and it
had immediate effect; it piled
on the goals while defend-
ers Leah Russack and Emiliea
Mysko restricted St George's
White looked to close the
eight-goal deficit in the final
quarter, spurred by a hard-
running Janine Herrmann at
wing attack, knowing a loss
would put its double chance
However, it was too little
too late, with Gumnuts hold-
ing strong to secure a nine-
LUTHERAN is in the frame
to snatch the double chance
possibility opened by St
George's White following its
win over Xavier Saints.
Only percentage separates
Lutheran and White, with
next week's matches crucial to
the finals standings.
The match against a deplet-
ed Xavier was tipped to be a
one-sided affair, and it didn't
Lutheran came out strong
in the first quarter, with pre-
cision passing through the
midcourt from Sharla O'Neill
and Holly Shaw helping their
goalies open a nine-goal lead
at quarter time.
Xavier tried hard, but the
pressure from Lutheran's
defence was too strong, re-
stricting Xavier to two goals
while increasing its lead
to 19 at the main break.
Little changed in the third,
with tall goalies Nicole Harris
and Samantha Hartley creat-
ing headaches for the under-
sized Xavier defenders.
Xavier called on N grader
Tanae Harrowfield to take the
court in the last term, follow-
ing a number of injuries, but
the battle was well lost.
Lutheran stormed home in
the last to notch a 47-goal
win, and give itself a chance to
pinch second place next week.
VIRGINIA delivered a huge
scare to ladder leaders St
George's Black, the favourites
narrowly averting a catastro-
phe to win 39-38.
St George's Black entered
the match looking for an easy
win over Virginia, which will
not make finals, but the chal-
lengers refused to go down
without a fight.
In a low-scoring first quarter,
St George's pulled away to a
two-goal lead at the first break.
The match opened up in the
second, with both teams scor-
ing more freely.
Brooke Blackmore was
providing some great runs
through centre court for
Black, extending its lead to
four at half-time.
Despite making positional
changes, St George's was un-
able to shake a determined
Virginia in the third; at the
last change an upset loomed,
with Virginia trailing by just
The underdogs came out
with some bite in the last to
grasp early momentum.
Strong defensive efforts
from Virginia's Julia Starr and
Sarah MacKenzie saw their
side level the scores with only
However, they could not
hold on for a draw, Black scor-
ing a buzzer beater to snatch
the win, and secure the minor
premiership, by one goal.
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Xavier's Courteney Lloyd-Jones launches for the ball in her side's
clash against Virginia in GDNA action on Saturday.
PHOTO: Lauren Gauci
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