Home' The Bunyip : August 13th 2014 Contents HUMMOCKS-Watchman has escaped
with a narrow four-goal victory over bot-
tom-placed Hamley Bridge in a thrilling
contest in the Adelaide Plains Netball
Association on the weekend.
The Eagles entered the match confident
of an easy win but the Bombers took the
fight right up to the premiership contender,
the final score 47-43.
Hamley Bridge's Alison Schahinger con-
tinued her red-hot form with another team-
lifting performance, while Sarah Young was
Hummocks' best for the second straight
Virginia grabbed the two points over Bal-
aklava, defeating it 46-33.
The Rams were strong all across the
court, finishing strongly and gaining some
momentum heading into the final three
Cassandra Glenn was prominent for Vir-
ginia, with Lauren Michael gallant in her
Mallala retained top spot on the ladder
with a convincing 56-39 win over Long
The Maggies showed why they are the
best in the business, doing enough to secure
the two points.
Mallala's Kerryn Obst dominated all
game, while Tori Docherty continued her
stellar season with another best on court for
ST George's White has secured
second spot, and a double
chance, on the Gawler & District
Netball Association ladder after
gaining significant percentage in
its 54-25 final minor-round win
over Xavier Saints.
With St George's Black secure
at the top of the ladder, White
needed a big win over Xavier to
give itself the best chance of stay-
ing above Lutheran in the top
It was White that flew out of the
blocks, steaming to a seven-goal
lead at the first change.
Xavier struggled with St George's
height all through the court, with
defensive pressure from White's
Jo Jenkins and Nicola Jones mak-
ing it hard for the Saints' goalies
to get clear shots away.
St George's went into half-time
12 goals up, and looked to extend
that lead in the third term after
making positional changes.
Janine Herrmann ran hard in
centre to help St George's goal-
ies take the lead to 21 at the final
Xavier tried hard in the last,
with Sue Thackray in goal de-
fence making White's shooters
work hard, but in the end it was
St George's that came away 29-
It will now meet its opposing
number, St George's Black, in this
week's second semi-final clash.
Lutheran's 30-goal win over
Trinity wasn't enough for it to
clinch the finals double chance,
finishing third on the ladder on
Lutheran started the game like
a team needing a big win, burst-
ing to an 11-goal lead at the first
However, a fighting second
quarter from Trinity, aided by
strong defensive performances
by Bethany Guerin and Alyssia
Rikard-Bennett, restricted scor-
ing, with Lutheran increasing
its lead by just two goals to half-
Accurate shooting from Saman-
tha Luck and Samantha Hartley
saw Lutheran increase its lead to
19 goals at the final change, with
a big last quarter needed to push
for the double chance.
They came out full of run to fin-
ish off strong for a 63-33 win, but
fell just short of second place.
Lutheran will meet Gumnuts
in an elimination first semi-final
Gumnuts prevailed by 10 goals
over a Virginia side that won't be
With fourth spot already se-
cured, Gumnuts was looking
to play itself into some form in
preparation for its first final.
Gumnuts started off strong in
the first, taking a handy nine-
goal lead at the change.
Virginia was looking to fin-
ish off its season on a high, and
strong shooting from Jessica
Clifford and Michelle DiMasi
gave their side the best chance of
victory, closing the gap to just six
goals at half-time.
Gumnuts regrouped and came
out strong after the break, gain-
ing momentum on the back of
hard running by Jess Tester.
After leading by seven goals at
the final change, Gumnuts kept
cool heads to secure a 43-33
This Saturday's A-grade semi-
finals commence at 2.45pm.
With the top four being tightly
contested, it shapes to be one of
the closest GD&NA finals series
in recent memory.
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Hummocks-Watchman faces tough fight
THE Barossa, Light &
Gawler Netball Asso-
ciation will be holding its
junior carnival at Nuri-
ootpa on Sunday, August
24.The carnival is a round-
robin tournament, held for
all the primary one and two
netball teams in the league.
Association secretary Deb
Miles said the carnival is in
place of finals and, as the
primary division is non-
competitive, no points are
awarded during the season.
"We've got two primary
grades, and they're not
competitive, so they don't
play finals," she said.
South Gawler won last
year's carnival and coach
Megan Gum said, despite
the team having a lot of
new players, the girls are
keen to defend their title.
"They're pretty excited,"
"The idea that, even
though it's still about hav-
ing fun and getting in-
volved, there's still a win-
ner at the end of the day (is
a good one).
"Considering that half
our team will go up into
sub juniors next year,
which is competitive, it's a
good little introduction to
that side of things."
Gum said the primary
grades, which are aged
from eight to 11, are all
about developing the girls'
basic netball skills and con-
tinuing to progress them
throughout the year in
preparation for competitive
"There's a major differ-
ence between what we were
at the start of the season
and where we are now," she
"Now we try to continue
to develop their basic skills
and teach them how to ap-
ply it in a game situation
and start introducing things
like strategies and set plays
The primary one games
will commence at 9.30am,
with the primary twos
starting a little later; pre-
sentations will be at about
3.15pm near the club-
-- Grady Hudd
White snatches double chance
M Jones: Gumnuts' Marissa Jones ghts to maintain possession against Virginia's goal defence Tammy Lamont.
PHOTOS: Mary Ackers
Virginia goal attack Rhiannen Spano lines up her shot, while Virginia's
Rebecca Kuys defends.
More GDNA results page 19 | Club notes page 8
RESULTS: Virginia 46 (C. Glenn) d Balaklava 33 (L. Michael);
Mallala 56 (K. Obst) d Long Plains 39 (T. Doherty); Hum-
mocks 47 (S. Young) d Hamley Bridge 43 (A. Schahinger).
A3 -- Two Wells 26 (65%), Mallala 20 (65), Hummocks 18
(54), Virginia 14 (49), Long Plains 10 (39), Hamley Bridge 6
(40), Balaklava 0 (33).
A4 -- Two Wells 26 (74%), Hummocks 20 (72), Mallala 20
(65), Virginia 14 (43), Hamley Bridge 6 (34), Long Plains 4
(32), Balaklava 4 (28).
A5 -- Two Wells Away 26 (64%), Two Wells Home 22
(61), Mallala 16 (54), Hummocks 12 (50), Long Plains 12
(48), Hamley Bridge 4 (36), Virginia 2 (33).
U17 -- Mallala 24 (64%), Long Plains 20 (60), Two Wells 7
(38), Balaklava 3 (34).
U15 -- Mallala 24 (65%), Long Plains 22 (57), Hamley Bridge
18 (52), Balaklava 12 (48), Hummocks 12 (45), Two Wells 4
(45), Virginia 0 (27).
U13A -- Balaklava 26 (68%), Mallala 21 (66), Hamley Bridge
17 (53), Long Plains 16 (46), Virginia 6 (42), Hummocks 6
(36), Two Wells 2 (25).
U13B -- Mallala 26 (75%), Hamley Bridge 20 (55), Balaklava
20 (48), Hummocks 14 (40), Long Plains 10 (19).
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