The Border Watch : May 22nd 2014
36 ASSOCIATION NETBALL Large crowd at Olympic Park THE Mount Gambier Netball Association played under fine conditions on the weekend, drawing a large crowd to the courts at Olympic Park. Hobitz 48 d Saints 30 BOTH sides worked hard for every possession in a fast and intense paced game, all players were evenly matched on the court, with the stand out tussle being between Hobitz centre Kym Stewart and Saints centre Phoebe Douglas. Stewart and Douglas created many turnovers for their sides and drove the ball well down court. Hobitz finished the first quarter with a one goal lead. The second term saw Saints make changes in its goal circle with Paige Primmer coming out to goal attack and Renee Pluckhahn moving back to goal shooter to provide more height as the focal point in the goal circle, both worked well and are developing nicely as a partnership. Hobitz defenders Chelsea McKinnon and Melissa Bucik worked overtime to create many turnovers and scoring opportunities for their side. Hobitz’s Suzanne Crowe drove the ball well out of defence and into the attack line where Donna Johnson at wing attack used the circle edge well, followed by pinpoint passing into her goalies who converted accurately. Saints defenders Megan Ridding and Rhiannon Primmer worked hard to stop Hobitz scoring, but Hobitz managed to win the quarter again by three. At half time Saints were forced to make changes, bringing Kelly Egan to the bench with injury concerns, Chelsea Gabriel took the court at goal attack, Pluckhahn was moved to centre and Douglas went to wing defence to try and stent the drive of Johnson. The changes had an immediate impact with Pluckhahn and Douglas creating four quick turnovers. Hobitz playing coach Louise Humphries stepped up and settled her side and was able to pile on 11 goals for her team. Saints continued to create turnovers but were unable to capitalise through the tight defence of Hobitz and forced balls in to the circle, Hobitz lead at the final break by eight. Once again Saints were forced to make changes to try and match the pace and agility of Hobitz with Rhiannon Primmer coming out to goal defence and Ridding back to goalkeeper. Douglas continued to work hard at shutting down Johnson, rewarding her team with many turnovers but again Saints were unable to convert with the enormous defensive effort of Hobitz, Primmer and Gabriel continued to work hard and make position in the goal circle against the pressure and long reach of Bucik and McKinnon. Hobitz defence created many turnovers and drive down court to allow Tamara Hayes and Humphries to convert accurately and take the win, 48-30. Best for Hobitz were Louise VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au BEST ON COURT: Caitlin Grubb claimed the best on court honours for Zodiacs on Saturday. STAND OUT: Saints’ Phoebe Douglas was a stand out against Hobitz during the weekend’s round of the Mount Gambier Netball Association. Humphries and Kym Stewart while Saints best were Phoebe Douglas and Paige Primmer. Zodiacs 46 d Intruders 18 AS Intruders try to settle its line up, Zodiacs took the court with its entire attack end unavailable filling the positions with A2 players Sal Harfull at wing attack, Danielle Westbrook at goal attack and Ella Gosling at goal shooter in her debut A grade game. With Zodiacs defence combination working well together, Intruders were unable to find space in its attack end and were slow to get on the scoreboard, while Zodiacs attack scored accurately to make a mark on the scoreboard and take an 11 goal lead at the first break. Zodiacs’ defensive line of Jess Porter, Amanda Shaw and Bonnie Carson were too strong for Intruders as they created many intercepts, backed up by Caitlin Grubb in centre Zodiacs were able to drive the ball down court with speed. Intruders made changes to its defence end of the first break but were unable to stop 36 - The Border Watch, Thursday, May 22, 2014 the strength of Zodiacs goalies Westbrook and Gosling as they piled on another 14 goals for the quarter, giving it a half time lead of 24. The third term saw more changes to the Intruders line up, bringing on Nicole Domaschenz on at goalkeeper to help shut down the strength of Zodiacs goalies. Intruders lifted its work rate as players managed to find Tash Moreland and Marissa Dean in the circle and score six for the quarter. The final quarter saw the heat take its toll on the Zodiacs attack who were all playing their second game of the day, Intruders capitalised on this, taking intercepts and rebounds. Intruders had its strongest quarter, matching Zodiacs to six a piece for the term. Best for Intruders were Emily Hart and Tash Moreland, while for Zodiacs, Ella Gosling and Caitlin Grubb. Amazons 64 d Nomads 33 AMAZONS won the toss and took to the court with great presence, Amazons’ Brianna Scheer at centre and Michelle McKenny at wing attack set up plenty of scoring opportunities for their side to lead by 13 at the first break. Nomads made one change going into the second term, bringing Teresa Priddle on at wing defence to try and shut down the drive of McKenny. Amazons continued with its full court pressure and once again outscored Nomads by five to take the half time lead to 18. The half time break saw Nomads swapping key positions, to no avail, Amazons players lifted their work rate and once again controlled the quarter. The defensive effort of Tanielle Brooksby and Chantelle Wilson stood out and kept Nomads to its lowest quarter, with Amazons increasing its lead by seven. The final quarter saw Amazons once again run away with the play as it took the win 64 to Nomads 33. Best for Amazons were Chelsea Treacey and Amanda Ellis while Nomads were best served by Narelle Phillips and Susie Koopman. CREATING OPTIONS: Amazons’ Brianna Scheer created options in attack during the match against Nomads on Saturday.
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