The South Eastern Times : April 1st 2014
18 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Tantanoola 56 d Kongorong 43 BOTH teams were eager to get a great start to the season but Tantanoola got the jump on Kongorong with Jacqui Matthews shooting nine from nine in the first quarter. New combinations in Kongorong's attack line saw it turn centre passes into goals. In the second quarter Tantanoola's drive through the middle with Olivia Coote and Casey Arney saw it bring the ball down into its attack quickly which Jami Walker converted into goals. Kongorong made a change in its attack, switching Tabatha Sanderson into GS and Kaylah Earl to GA which gave Kongorong a tall target to pass to in the circle. A few changes in the midcourt area for both teams in the third term provide new combinations to work with. Both teams made simple mistakes which changed the momentum of the game and Tantanoola's defence through Simone Little and Kate Versace got a few turnovers in the goal circle to give their team a lift. In the fourth quarter Kongorong's defen- sive pressure on Tantanoola's attack with Sam Allen, Tiia Pelkonen and Sarah Lucas saw Tantanoola's goals kept to a minimum. Kongorong put in a solid last quarter and never gave up but Tantanoola was 13 goals up at the final whistle. Best -- Kongorong; Tiia Pelkonen and Sam Allen; Tantanoola: Jami Walker and Casey Arney. Hatherleigh 56 d Nangwarry 40 NANGWARRY started off firing, scoring the first three goals. However, after that the quarter went goal for goal, with Hatherleigh struggling to get the ball through the mid court. Cassie Dinnison and Kayla Gray made the Hatherleigh goalies work hard for each possession. Hatherleigh started the second quarter strongly, breaking the first pass and scoring the first three goals through good work in the goal circle by Keston Green and Kelsey Bromley. Nangwarry's Goal Shooter Nicole Bizsko shot accurately but the Hatherleigh defenders Georgina Brooks and Kaitlin Smith stepped up the pressure in the third, dominating the rebounds. An injury to Chloe McDiarmid in the third brought on Tammy Smith into goals with Nicole Reeves moving out to WA. Nangwarry threw away chances in attack with Brooks and Smith picking off any loose balls. Bromley and Green swapped in the last and the transition into the circle worked better. Robe 56 d Port MacDonnell 45 IN warm conditions Robe proved too strong against Port MacDonnell, beating them by 11 goals. Both teams came out strongly in the first quarter, not allowing each other to dominate. Port MacDonnell started with the first centre pass but with some great defence by Robe it turn the ball over and scored first through its tall goaling duo of Keeley Mason and Felicity Carter who were a great focal point for their side all game which they used to their advantage. Robe then scored its own centre pass to be up by two but the Bay then scored from their centre pass and the game continued going one for one for the majority of the quarter until Port MacDonnell caused an extra turnover and went up by one goal going into the first break. The second quarter saw no changes to either team. Robe continued to score freely while the Demons had to work overtime to get the ball down court into its goal circle. Michelle Lewis and Ashley Heald for the Demons worked overtime to stop the high ball coming in and to their credit were able to get tips and create turnovers for their side but the tight defensive work by Robe turned the ball over before the Demons were able to get it into attack. With quite a few errors by Port MacDonnell, Robe went into the half time break up by four. The third quarter again was a close contest with everyone on court giving it their all. The battle between Emily Taylor for Port MacDonnell and Hayley Smart for Robe was one to watch as neither player would give an inch and both girls were supported well by their attack lines. Chloe Dawson for Robe worked hard all game intercepting many balls for her side and was backed up well by Hannah Perkins who together rebounded the majority of missed shots by the Bay shooters. Robe won the quarter by one goal and headed to the final break up by five. The warm conditions seemed to play a part in the final quarter with both teams feeling the heat. Marie Lewis for the Bay worked tirelessly all game feeding her goalies well but with lack of possession created by the tenacious defensive pressure allowed Robe to continue scoring frequently and finish off the game well. Tigers get jump on Hawks early in Mid SE netball 18 NETBALL MILLICENT has started the 2014 season in style, coming from behind in the Elastoplast Cup grand final to win the first silverware on offer this season. North Gambier had the measure of the Saints in the early going in the pre-season title decider with a hesitant Millicent forward line not enjoying its usual fluency, allowing Tigers defender Alannah Campbell and Meg Gazzard to create turnovers with monotonous regularity. And with former Saint Audine Bryant controlling the mid court and goalers Ashlee Kalontarian and Abbey Duncan finding plenty of space and converting with good accuracy. North led by three at the main break and as so often happens, coach Lisa Duldig, who moved from the attacking wing into the centre, former coach Donna Denton and defender Hayley Dunn lifted the intensity a cog and dragged their less experienced team mates with them. Kylie Walker moved into the defensive circle at the main change and combined well with Dunn to shut down the Tigers goalers, making space a lot harder to find. The connection between Denton and new shooting partner Danika Jolley, a former Tiger, started to find some rhythm in the second half as well as Pip Ellis, who moved to the attacking wing, became an important link player as well. Injuries didn't help North's cause, enter- ing the grand final with two of their most experienced players sidelined thanks to injuries sustained in the preliminary round and semi-final respectively. Veteran defender Leanne Cameron with an ankle, an injury that has plagued her entire career, and Michelle Hosking with an Achilles injury that will require surgery and sideline her for the season. Bailey Watson earned a call up to the Tigers starting seven and while playing out of position at wing defence, earned a number of touches. While no one ever shuts Denton down, in the first half, in particular, Gazzard certainly went toe for toe with the champion and made her work for every possession. Duncan is a great pick up for the Tigers, the Kalangadoo premiership player, adding some impressive movement and accurate long range finishing to the North shooting circle. Denton, as always, took control for the Saints, while Dunn got critical touches in the second half that ensured the Saints maintained control once they had regained the lead. Both sides went into the title decider undefeated and were not challenged in their respective pools. Naracoorte was a great inclusion in the competition, giving the Western Border clubs a different opponent to try new tactics against, while East, West and Casterton had undermanned squads and South also had a side combining A grade players with some junior talent. Results 17 and under Round robin results -- East 20 d North 14; South 16 d West 13; East 23 d South 10; North 19 d Millicent 11; East 19 d West 8; Millicent 14 d South 13; North 21 d South 21; West 17 d Millicent 16. Grand final -- East 26 d North 19 (in overtime). Open Pool A round robin results -- Millicent 27 d Naracoorte 12; Casterton 17 d South 15; Millicent 27 d South 17; Casterton 23 d Naracoorte 15; South 24 d Naracoorte 14; Millicent 31 d Casterton 8. Pool B round robin results -- North 26dEast9;North26dWest10;West19 d East 15. Semi-finals -- Millicent 24 d West 13; North 26 d Casterton 9. Grand final -- Millicent 26 d North 22. Saints weather the storm to take pre-season title CHAMPIONS: Millicent's pre season cup champions (back from left) Natalie Potter, Danika Jolley, Tanaya Redman, Melinda Squire, Hayley Dunn (c), Lucy Walker. (front) Kylie Grosser, Pippin Ellis, Lisa Duldig (coach), Donna Denton (c).
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