The South Eastern Times : May 28th 2015
30 SPORT Eagles eye off win THE results have been mixed this season so far, marking the closest competition the Mid South East Netball Association has seen in a number of years. All teams have suffered at least one loss, while sides at the bottom half of the premiership table are continuing to push sides in the top four. After a tough battle with Glencoe last weekend, the Roosters have a couple of weeks rest with the bye this weekend followed by the long weekend. Tantanoola v Hatherleigh BOTH Tantanoola and Hatherleigh have had mixed results this season, seeing them sitting sixth and fifth on the MSENA ladder respectively. Both teams have suffered unexpected losses so far in 2015, but also pushed the top sides right to the final whistle. The Tigers’ defence is strong with Simone Little and Kate Bromley combining well. The dynamic duo have the ability to read the play well and pick off any sloppy passing. However, they will need to up the anti this weekend facing the Eagles’ Kelsey Wight and Megan Allan who read off one another well and finish accurately. At the other end of the court, the defensive pressure applied by Sally Houlihan and Demi Smith will be tough for the Tigers’ goalies Jami Walker and Kate Sporer who will need to be patient to ensure they can keep up with Hatherleigh. This is likely to be the match of the round, but the Eagles should take the points. MILESTONE: Kalangadoo’s Anthony (“Killa”) Kilsby pulls on the boots for his 300th senior match on Saturday. Picture: J.L. (“FRED”) SMITH. ‘Killa’ reaches 300 J.L. ‘FRED’ SMITH email@example.com ONE of Kalangadoo Football Club’s favourite sons brings up his 300th senior game at Glencoe on Saturday. Anthony Kilsby has played 162 A Grade matches with the Magpies and 137 with the North Gambier Tigers. YOUNG STAR: Junior Annabel Brooks has proved her form in recent weeks and will need to continue to improve to ensure her side stays within the top four on the premiership table. Hawks in box seat Murphies face big task Kongorong v Mount Burr KONGORONG has notched a couple of wins under its belt this season, but will be feeling the pressure when it faces the always improving Mount Burr side. The Hawks will need to make sure they play four solid quarters to ensure they are on top at the final whistle. The Hawks’ midcourt drive from Alison Anderson will be well matched by the Mozzies’ Hayley Agnew who returned to the side last weekend. Accurate shooting by Mount Burr’s Ebony Clark will be required to beat the defence of Tanya Lowe or Kaylah Earl, who will pick off any loose passes and rebound with strength. Megan Thiele has been strong in defence for the Mozzies, and will match up well against the Hawks’ Ash Sturges. While both teams will fight hard, Kongorong will be too strong and will deny Mount Burr the points. Glencoe v Kalangadoo WITH a draw last week against second placed Robe, Glencoe will see this weekend as a chance to upset Kalangadoo and solidify its top four spot. However, the Magpies have had a close to perfect run with their only loss being to Port MacDonnell, so they will not want to let this one slip. The Murphies’ tall shooter Sarah Kasparian has been a focal point under the goal ring and will be a tough opponent for Mikaila Pitt. However, Pitt will make the most of her agility and do her best to prevent Glencoe Known as “Killa” and in possession of a magnificent set of dreadlocks, he is a four-time senior premiership player and can play key roles at both ends of the ground. from lining up for goal. Combined with the expe- rience of Leah Ousey the Murphies will need to work hard to convert. At the other end of the court, the match-up between Jayde Peacock and Sarah Edwards will be tough on the wing, and the Murphies would be wise to play Bec Edwards against a fit and agile Jenna Paproth in their defensive goal circle. Sarah Croser holds and shoots with skill under the goal ring for Kalangadoo and will be a tough match for Ebony McDiarmid. This will be a tough and close match but the Magpies will hold on by a narrow margin to take the points. Demons look too hot for Saints to handle Port MacDonnell v Nangwarry THE Saints have been fighting strong this year and are sitting closer to the middle of the table in comparison to previous years, but this weekend they will fall short coming up against the dominant Port MacDonnell outfit. While the Demons have made changes through the season so far, their side has not been weakened. Megan Hein is a versatile player who has been an important contributor, while Toni-Lee Gilmore has also been shooting nicely for Port MacDonnell. The Saints have a reasonable amount of height in their defence with Kayla Gray rebounding well, which will put pressure on Port MacDonnells’ shooters to convert off the first attempt. Kahli Rolton and Suzanne Crowe have been solid in the goals for Nangwarry, and they 30 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, May 28, 2015 will make it tough for their opponents on the weekend. The Saints will work hard, but the Demons will be too strong. BIG SHOES WELL FILLED: Young Megan Hein (right) has been a focal point in the Port MacDonnell A Grade side so far this season and will again need to show her best performance this weekend as the Demons clash with the always improving Nangwarry side. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au After a solid grounding in Kalangadoo’s two underage grades and with a handful of B Grade games to his credit, Kilsby’s senior debut came in 1999. He quickly became entrenched in A Grade ranks. His flags have come with Kalangadoo (2001 and 2014) and North Gambier (2012 and 2013). Kilsby was a major contributor in the second half surge that had Kalangadoo draw the 2001 season decider at Mount Burr against Nangwarry, before returning the following week to help the Magpies gain the flag in the historic grand final replay. Last year, he responded to Magpie champ and close friend Benny Mules ‘call to arms’ quest to lift Kalangadoo to the top rungs of the Mid South East ladder. The fairy tale came true for Mules and his boys and in particular Kilsby who booted nine goals in the grand final to have a starring role in his second flag with his home club. A number of representative honours have come Kilsby’s way and he has also had a stint as Kalangadoo’s A Grade coach in 2007-08. His immediate aim on Saturday is to retain the Max Mathews Memorial Cup at the expense of the Murphies.
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