The South Eastern Times : July 8th 2014
MID SOUTH EAST NETBALL 21 Magpies and Eagles flex their muscles KALANGADOO and Hatherleigh have shown their dominance in the Mid South East Netball Association with some strong performances on the weekend. Hatherl iegh simply showed why it sits second on the ladder compared to Kongorong’s bottom position with a 56 goal drubbing while ladder leaders Kalangadoo took it no easier on eighth placed Nangwarry with a 53 goal defeat. But in contrast, third placed Port MacDonnell was not able to capitalise on its ladder position over seventh placed Tantanoola, escaping with a close victory rather than a walk-over. Hatherleigh 87 d Kongorong 31 DESPITE a strong start by Kongorong, Hatherliegh was able to respond through strong play. TAKING CHARGE: Hatherleigh’s Kelsey Bromley showed great precise passing against Kongorong Kongorong was suffering without goalie Ash Sturges and mid-court player Ellie Waters and Hatherliegh took advantage, creating a 10 goal lead at quarter time. It was more of the same in the second term, with the Eagles capitalising on the Hawks’ simple mistakes and converting them into goals. Their drive and precise passing into the goalies through Erin Watson and Kelsey Bromley pushed the Kongorong defence to its limit, but Erin Hudson continued to apply pressure to the Hatherleigh mid court while Keston Green showed her experience, driving into the circle to finish off goals for the Eagles. Kongorong’s Tiia Pelkonen and Sarah Lucas in the defensive circle in the third term but an injury to Pelkonen, 17 and Under player Nicola Batten come into the WD position and Erin Hudson move to GD. Batten settled well into an unfamiliar position and put pressure on Hatherleigh’s mid-court. Kongorong’s patience was paying off as GA Kaylah Earl helped her team get the ball to Tabatha Sanderson. Hatherleigh’s Erin APPLYING PRESSURE: Kongorong’s Erin Hudson worked well to put pressure on Hatherleigh’s mid court www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Watson and Kongorong’s Sam Allen where having a good tussle in the centre while Erin Hudson had her work cut out for her against Hatherleigh’s Keston Green, who was feeding well into Demi Smith. The Hatherleigh defenders Kaitlin Smith and Georgina Brooks forced the Kongorong goalies to work hard for every goal to eventually come away with a big win. Port MacDonnell 46 d Tantanoola 42 IN a game that was billed as a percentage booster for the Bay girls it turned out to be the match of the round. Port MacDonnell opened the stronger of the two teams, quickly getting out to a three goal lead, being the more settled into attack. Tantanoola had plenty of the first quarter action but was wasteful with its attacking moves. Kate Bromley and Simone Little were playing tight defence for the Tigers, forcing Toni-Lee Gilmore and Tamara Ferguson into uncharacteristic errors, but Port MacDonnell went to the first break with a two goal advantage. The second term was an even affair with neither side giving an inch. Tantanoola’s Jami Walker was stepping up and asserting her presence on the game, shooting 11 for the quarter, enabling the Tigers to take a slender lead into half time. The third quarter was another closely fought 15 minutes, with Kirby Harrison for the Bay continuing to have a big defensive influence on the game, but nothing could curb the accuracy of Walker in goals for the Tigers. Emily Taylor and Talana Knaggs had a great battle on the wing but it was Knaggs who continued to play the more assertive netball and drive the Tigers into attack and help provide a four goal lead at the final break. The last quarter was a goal for goal affair with neither team backing away from the challenge. A missed opportunity in the Tigers goal circle was all the Bay girls needed to lift. With five minutes remaining in the match a four goal Tantanoola lead evaporated under the intense pressure applied by the Port MacDonnell girls, who were able to use their experience to take the game by four. The Bay was best served by Harrison and Taylor, while for the Tigers Walker earned a best on court performance and Casey Arney was another solid contributor. Other matches IN other games Robe managed a solid 50-32 win over Mount Burr while Kalangadoo ran rampant over Nangwarry to record an 85-32 victory. Unfortunately match reports from those two games were not forthcoming to the MSENA publicity department. TIGHT TUSSLE: Tantanoola’s Casey Walker and Port MacDonnell’s Marie Lewis compete for the ball. The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 21 GOOD BATTLE: Annabel Brooks (Hatherleigh) and Courtney Pink (Kongorong) battling for possesion.
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