The South Eastern Times : June 12th 2014
SPORT 23 COUNTRY CARNIVAL: More than 30 Mid South East Netball Association players travelled to Adelaide at the weekend for the three day SA Country Championship Carnival. MORE than 30 Mid South East (MSE) netballers attended the three day SA Country Championship Carnival in Adelaide at the weekend. The talented netball sides saw mixed results. However, all players fought hard and represented their association well. The 13 and under team fought hard on Saturday beating Barossa Light and Gawler, drawing with Kangaroo Island and going down to Port Lincoln and York Peninsula to finish in division one the following day. MSE return with mixed results Half way mark of the season and last roll of the dice for Murphies Sunday presented some challenges with losses to Mid Hills, Riverland and Western Border. The day ended with a close win over Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara, which was just enough for the young netballer’s to make it through to the quarter finals. Finals were played Monday, where an impressive performance saw the MSE beat Port Augusta before bowing out in the semi finals against the Riverland. The 15 and under team had a smoother run with wins against Port Augusta, Mid West and Mid Hills and a draw with Yorke Peninsula on Saturday to take them into division one. The team played impressive netball on Sunday with wins against Barossa Light and Gawler, Great Flinders, Adelaide Plains and North Eastern to take advance them into the quarter finals. A win over Yorke Peninsula took them into the semi finals on Monday where they met Western Border, who took out the championship. The 17 and under team fought hard Saturday to make it into the division one pool, beating Mid West, Port Lincoln and Barossa Light and Gawler and drew with Whyalla. Sunday saw a shaken start with losses to Yorke Peninsula and Great Flinders. The girls found their feet to fight for the win against the Hills, but a loss against Port Augusta later in the day lead to the belief that finals were out of sight for the MSE. However, final results saw the 17 and under team striking a chance in the quarter finals by 0.93pc. On Monday, the team lost to Great Southern signalling their From back page Dylan Coxon is the fourth Robe coach in the space of as many seasons and he will be the hardest player for Hatherleigh to counter. Perhaps Tom Agnew and Sam Waring will take on Coxon in the rucking duels with Joe Ferguson-Lane shadowing him the remainder of the time. Ferguson-Lane is no stranger to tough assignments as just last Saturday he stood Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League (KNTFL) coach Adam Merrett. The honours slightly went with Merrett in this interleague contest but Ferguson-Lane was not disgraced. Another player with the “X” factor for Robe is Nick Cane and the Eagles will be having their first look at him. Cane is rated so highly by Murray South East zone coach Luke Duncan that he put him into that training squad without him playing in any of the MSEFL interleague fixtures in 2014. Duncan would well remember Cane from a few seasons ago when they played for opposing clubs in the KNTFL. Cane and fellow mobile forward Jaryd Dawson are both very handy around the goals and will cause headaches for the Eagle defence. Despite a good showing against Glencoe, I am not convinced that Hatherleigh’s premiership hangover is over. It would take a 10 goal victory at the seaside to convince me otherwise. PREDICTION: Robe by 11-points Glencoe versus Port MacDonnell THIS is probably the last roll of the dice for the Murphies in terms of playing in the 2014 major round. An honourable loss at home to the Demons will not be good enough as only a win will keep Glencoe in touch with the top four. The worst case scenario for Glencoe at the half-way mark of the home-and-away season would to be three wins and a big amount of percentage behind the fourth-placed team. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au TOUGH TEST: Kalangadoo’s Ben Mules faces his toughest test yet as a first year coach when his Magpies play the unbeaten Mount Burr this weekend. This would probably require the Murphies to win their last eight games to reach the finals. As well as this motivation to do well, some other factors favour a Glencoe victory including the home ground advantage. Port MacDonnell are coming off a loss at the Bay to GREAT FORM: Glencoe’s Zacc Cocks had his good form rewarded last Saturday when he was named in the Murray South East Zone training squad for the South Australian Country Championships in Kadina next month. ladder leader Mount Burr and skipper and triple Mail Medallist Will Macdonald is under an injury cloud. The seasiders are a long way off from putting their best 21 into action. Nevertheless, the Demons are stronger over every line and more consistent than their opponents. Glencoe won’t repeat their round eight shellacking at the hands of Hatherleigh but won’t win either. PREDICTION Port MacDonnell by 20-points The South Eastern Times, Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 23 fight for number one position was no longer in reach. The A grade saw less success and came away win-less for the weekend. Tough games against talented teams including, North Eastern, Northern Areas, Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara, Great Southern, York Peninsula and River Murray resulted in finals being impractical for the senior team. The competition talent was high, but all players fought hard for top position with skill and sportsmanship attributes.
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