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ST George's Black has progressed
through to the Gawler & District
Netball Association grand final after a
thrilling four-goal win over sister side
St George's White in the first semi-fi-
nal on the weekend.
Playing in drizzling rain, Black was the
favourite heading into the contest, hav-
ing comfortably won the last encounter
between the sides, however it was a much
closer affair this time around.
White began the match full of confi-
dence and its defensive pressure caused big
problems for Black's shooters, restricting
them to only three goals for the quarter.
After trailing by eight goals at the first
break, Black lifted its intensity in the second
to deny White easy scoring shots, keeping
them to just three goals in the quarter.
At the main break the lead had been nar-
rowed to just two goals, with White cling-
ing to a slim two-goal lead.
Goals were hard to come by after half-
time, with Black making a number of
positional changes to start the third term
and, after a tight tussle, the scores were tied
21-all heading into the crucial final term.
With a grand final berth on the line,
White made changes to its structure to
quell Black's momentum.
However, it wasn't enough with Black
finishing confidently to seal the 30-26 win
and book itself a shot at the premiership
Lutheran produced a stunning final
quarter to clinch a season-saving 12-goal
victory over Gumnuts, and will now battle
St George's White for a spot in the grand
With Gumnuts having won the previous
encounter between the sides by just one
goal, this second semi-final was always go-
ing to be a hard-fought contest.
Lutheran started better than a nervous
Gumnuts and took the upper hand to lead
by six goals at quarter-time.
The second term was a more even affair
that saw Gumnuts regain its composure
to outmuscle Lutheran, and drag itself to
within three goals at the main break.
Emilea Mysko looked to break the game
open for Gumnuts, with her hard running
through the mid-court creating multiple
scoring chances for her side.
Lutheran recaptured its early form after
accurate shooting from goalies Samantha
Luck and Samantha Hartley swung mo-
mentum back in its favour and had a five-
goal lead at the final change.
Gumnuts launched a desperate assault in
the final term but was unable to peg back
the deficit, with Lutheran keeping its pre-
miership hopes alive by winning 44-32.
TWO Wells has dropped out of the
chase for a top-two finish after los-
ing to top-of-the-table Mallala by 37
goals in the Adelaide Plains Netball
Association over the weekend.
Despite being fresh after having the bye
in the previous round, the Roosters could
not match it with the formidable Magpies
and all but ensured they will remain third
by season's end.
Michelle Harwood led Mallala to vic-
tory with an inspiring performance, while
Tracey Agius fought hard all match for
Hummocks-Watchman continued its
shaky recent form, securing a narrow
four-goal victory against Balaklava.
The Eagles had a big scare last week
against Hamley Bridge and it was a simi-
lar story on Saturday with the Peckers tak-
ing the fight right up to the premiership
Hummocks' Sarah Young capped off a
brilliant month with her third best-on-
court performance in as many weeks, with
Sophie Cocks from Balaklava also promi-
Hamley Bridge overcame Virginia by
13 goals to clinch its second win for the
season, but the result does not affect lad-
The win is a small positive for the
Bombers, who have been doing it tough
all year and still reside at the bottom of
Ashleigh Hornsey was outstanding for
Hamley Bridge, while Shannon Jackson
gave it her all for the Rams.
A3- Two Wells 27 (64%), Mallala 21 (64), Hummocks
20 (54), Virginia 16 (49), Long Plains 10 (39), Hamley
Bridge 6 (41), Balaklava 0 (33).
A4- Two Wells 28 (73%), Hummocks 22 (72), Mallala 20
(64), Virginia 16 (44), Hamley Bridge 6 (34), Long Plains
4 (32), Balaklava 4 (27).
A5- Two Wells Away 28 (64%), Two Wells Home 22 (60),
Mallala 18 (55), Hummocks 12 (49), Long Plains 12 (48),
Hamley Bridge 6 (38), Virginia 2 (33).
U17- Mallala 26 (65%), Long Plains 20 (60), Two Wells 7
(37), Balaklava 3 (34).
U15- Mallala 26 (66%), Long Plains 22 (57), Hamley
Bridge 20 (52), Balaklava 14 (49), Hummocks 12 (45),
Two Wells 4 (44), Virginia 0 (28).
U13A- Balaklava 28 (68%), Mallala 23 (67), Hamley
Bridge 19 (54), Long Plains 16 (46), Virginia 6 (42), Hum-
mocks 6 (37), Two Wells 2 (23).
U13B- Mallala 28 (75%), Hamley Bridge 22 (55), Balak-
lava 22 (49), Hummocks 14 (40), Long Plains 10 (19).
Page 12 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, SPORT, Wednesday, August 20, 2014
out of chase
Faith finishes fif th in state
Black into decider
THE Faith Lutheran College
open girls' knockout netball team
has finished fifth in the state af-
ter bowing out to Loreto and
Immanuel colleges on Monday.
The team progressed through to
the finals, which was held at Net-
ball SA Stadium in Mile End, after
beating Golden Grove and Renmark
high schools in the second round of
competition earlier in the term.
Coincidentally, the team also fin-
ished fifth last year.
Coach Heidi Dunn said it was
disappointing not to improve on
last year's result, but that it was still
a great achievement.
"We were certainly hoping to
build on it and, obviously, it's dis-
appointing to not have improved on
last year, but essentially it does mean
that Faith has finished fifth in the
state this year, which is still pretty
impressive," she said.
The girls faced off against Loreto,
Immanuel and Mount Gambier to
determine whether they would play
a fourth match.
Dunn said her charges were in
control against Loreto in the first
half, but were unable to maintain
their lead, eventually going down
"We actually had the lead against
Loreto but couldn't maintain it, un-
fortunately," she said.
"The frustrating thing was the
first two games were two 15-
minute halves, so you didn't really
have much time to get too settled.
"If you were a couple of goals
down it really did create a bit of a
run-on that was hard to get back."
The result from the Immanuel
game was a similar story, with Faith
In the final match against Mount
Gambier, the girls finished their day
positively by securing a confident
Dunn praised the performances of
Georgina Pfitzner for shooting well
all day, Ashleigh Graetz for working
tirelessly in the mid-court and Zoe
Hoffrichter for defending well.
"They were my solid performers
in each of the thirds," she said.
-- Grady Hudd
The Faith Lutheran College open
girls knockout netball team nished
fth in the state after competition in
the nals on Monday.PHOTO: Supplied
(lower grades start at 11am, $3 entry)
A GRADE: St George's White v Lutheran (2.45pm)
B GRADE: Virginia v Gumnuts (1.15pm)
Full G&DNA results on page 9 in Sports Digest.
ABOVE: Gumnuts' wing defence
Ashlee Cli ord looks to send her
team into attack against against
Xavier Saints. INSET: Goal attack
Rhiannen Spano puts up a shot
in her sides match against St
Georges. PHOTOS: Gary Hogarth
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